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New England Patriots vs Cincinnati Bengals takes place on Sunday in week 5 of the NFL 2013 regular season, with the seemingly unstoppable Patriots looking to continue their unbeaten start to the new season. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream (details below).
The Patriots have gone 4-0 through the first four weeks of the season and they will be big favorites to make that five straight wins today, as they go on the road to take on the talented but so far inconsistent Bengals team.
Last week the Patriots successfully maintained their perfect start to the season by claiming a 30-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons. That was a serious test of their credentials this season, and New England came through the test with flying colors.
Of course Tom Brady has been a massive part of the Patriots' success so far this season, and even though he has not been firing on all cylinders by any means, he has consistently led the New England offense to score when they've needed.
Brady comes into this game 93 of 158 for 1,014 yards and seven touchdowns. So far he will personally be disappointed that the Patriots' pass offense only ranks 16th in the league for total pass yards per game (242.2 yards), but the success of the New England season so far has been their ability to use both the pass and the rush to inflict damage on opposing teams, and their rush ranks 11th with 125.0 yards per game.
Meanwhile the Bengals come into this game at 2-2, knowing that their season remains evenly balanced and could go either way depending on how October plays out. A win today against the Patriots would be a massive boost and would give them the confidence that they could go on and challenge for a playoff spot this year. However, it is doubtful whether they have enough steel in defense or enough power in offense to take down this hugely talented Patriots team.
The Bengals lost last week on the road to Cleveland 6-17, and their offense looking worryingly blunt. It was a far cry from the week before when they piled on 34 points against the Green Bay Packers in an impressive 34-30 win at home. They will be happy to return home for today's game and will be hoping home advantage can give them the lift needed to claim an unlikely win.
New England Patriots vs Cincinnati Bengals will start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the CBS network or online through live stream by clicking here.