Tom Brady returned in a big way for the New England Patriots in Week 5. With over 400 passing yards, three touchdown passes, and no interceptions or fumbles, the multiple-time Super Bowl and NFL MVP had arguably the best game of any quarterback in the league. Putting the Browns away 33-13, Cleveland was the second team from the AFC North to fall victim to the Patriots this season. In Week 6, the third team from that division takes a shot, as New England hosts the Cincinnati Bengals.
After losing 28-14 in Dallas last week, Cincinnati sits at third place in the AFC North, ahead of the 0-5 Cleveland Browns, the only team in the league that remains win-less going into Week 6. Just one game behind the Baltimore Ravens (3-2), the Bengals are two games out of first place, a spot currently held by the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1). Along with the Steelers and the Oakland Raiders of the AFC West, the 4-1 New England Patriots are tied for the best record in the AFC, and lead the AFC East by one game over the Buffalo Bills (3-2).
Week 6 Injury And Suspension Updates
According to the latest injury report from CBS Sports, the only injury- or suspension-related concern for the Cincinnati Bengals is tight end Tyler Eifert. One of the most surprising offensive weapons in 2015, Eifert has yet to take a snap in the 2016 season. He is listed as out for Sunday’s game with a back and ankle injury. He did not practice on Friday.
The same can’t be said for New England. As late as Saturday evening, they had a total of 15 players listed as questionable for Week 6, with tight end Michael Williams listed as out with a knee injury. Three other tight ends are listed as questionable, including Martellus Bennett (ankle injury, limited practice on Friday), Bryce Williams (undisclosed injury), and Rob Gronkowski (hamstring injury and illness, did not practice on Friday). Three running backs are also listed as questionable, including LeGarrette Blount (hip injury, limited practice on Friday), Brandon Bolden (knee injury, limited practice on Friday), and Tyler Gaffney (foot injury).
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Top Fantasy Football Picks For The Patriots & The Bengals
According to standard fantasy football scoring provided by the NFL, the highest projected fantasy player from the Bengals vs. Patriots game in Week 6 will be quarterback Tom Brady with 17.56 points projected for Sunday, making him a Top 10 choice at his position. New England running back James White is projected to score 10.30 points, a Top 20 choice at his position. They have no receivers projected to score in the Top 50 at their position in Week 6, and Rob Gronkowski’s “questionable” status for the game could mean his 5.70 projected points are merely wishful thinking.
For Cincinnati, wide receiver AJ Green — who is normally one of the best receivers in the league — isn’t even the highest projected WR on his team. Tyler Boyd earned that designation with a projected 9.30 points versus Green’s projected 8.20 points. No running backs for the Bengals are expected to be Top 25 picks this week, with Jeremy Hill (6.60 points) and Giovani Bernard (5.80 points) receiving the highest projections. Andy Dalton (12.32 points) barely cracks the Top 25 at quarterback for Week 6.
Where To Watch Cincinnati At New England
The NFL Week 6 matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots will air live from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The game will be televised on CBS and NFL RedZone with coverage beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST. For fans on the road, the game can also be heard on Westwood One Sports. The Bengals vs. Patriots game can also be streamed online with a subscription to NFL GamePass. Tickets are still available to purchase for fans who want to see the New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals live on Sunday, October 16.
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