2010 Look Back – Bengals Fall in Opener in New England 38-24

Today we start our look back at the 2010 Bengals season, a year where not much went right for the Cats. Today we highlight the opener in New England as the team fell to the Pats 38-24.

It was a tale of two halves in Foxboro, MA today as the Bengals could not overcome a huge deficit collected in the first two quarters and fell 38-24 to the Patriots.

As the Bengals opened the game looking unprepared and listless, Tom Brady led a blitzkrieg of points and big plays in building a 24-0 Patriot lead before anyone in stripes seemed to wake up. The supposedly formidable Bengal defense was carved like a tender Thanksgiving turkey, yielding chunks of yards while providing virtually no pass rush. The Pats didn’t even punt until midway through the 3rd quarter.

Meanwhile, the Bengals looked predictable and overly conservative of offense, with two consecutive 3-and-outs before gaining a faint spark late in the 2nd quarter that led to Mike Nugent’s impressive 54-yard field goal.

The Pats opened the scoring when Wes Welker caught a wide receiver screen lined up in a triplets formation with 2 tight ends and scooted into the endzone. The Bengal defense looked confused and out of position on the play, with only two defensive backs and no linebackers or safeties to help stop what ended up being an easy touchdown. After their next drive ended with Stephen Gostkowski’s 32-yard field goal, they got the ball again and this time Brady connected with Welker from four-yards out on a 3rd-and-goal. The Bengals challenged the ruling that the ball had broken the plane of the goal, but the call was upheld.

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