4:15 PM ET, October 1, 2006
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Rookie running back Laurence Maroney got New England's offense rolling like old times.
|Scouts Inc.'s take ...|
The Patriots were without their starting right tackle, free safety and best cornerback, but their pass protection was outstanding and their makeshift defensive backfield limited Cincinnati's high-powered attack.
The Bengals featured Chad Johnson to begin the game and moved the ball with a balanced attack, but they couldn't capitalize with touchdowns. Tom Brady found Doug Gabriel for 25 yard touchdown with less than two minutes left in the first half to take a 14-6 lead, putting New England in the driver's seat.
Brady was poised, spread the ball around, had a ton of time to throw and managed the offense masterfully. The Patriots' running game -- Laurence Maroney (above) looked like a superstar -- was more than the Bengals could handle. Cincinnati's soft run defense and poor pass protection may be their undoing and should provide them with plenty of work to do during their bye week.
New England showed serious swagger and made a statement to the rest of the AFC: They just don't lose two games in a row.
|One and done|
|The Patriots haven't lost consecutive games since December 2002. The 53-game streak matches Denver (1976-79) for second-longest since the NFL and AFL merged in 1970. San Francisco has the longest streak, 60 games from 1995-99.|
New England ran for 236 yards overall. Brady had 22 on a third-quarter scramble, the longest run of his career. ... Maroney is the first Patriots rookie running back to score more than one touchdown in a season since Robert Edwards had nine in 1998. ... Bengals WR Chris Henry was inactive, punishment for his latest off-field incident. Henry, one of six Bengals arrested in the last nine months, was a passenger in a vehicle stopped early Monday morning. Linebacker Odell Thurman, who was behind the wheel, was charged with drunken driving.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.3||5.0|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||3-4||1-1|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|FG||9:22||Shayne Graham 40 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 12 plays, 58 yds, 5:43
|FG||2:54||Shayne Graham 45 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 8 plays, 47 yds, 3:09
|TD||8:45||Laurence Maroney, 11 yd run (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 83 yds, 4:46
|TD||2:00||Doug Gabriel, 25 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 42 yds, 2:53
|TD||7:08||Rudi Johnson, 2 yd run (Shayne Graham kick is good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 62 yds, 4:17
|TD||4:36||Laurence Maroney, 25 yd run (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 75 yds, 2:36
|FG||14:48||Stephen Gostkowski 24 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 9 plays, 88 yds, 3:15
|TD||11:18||Corey Dillon, -15 yd run (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 13 yds, 2:38
|TD||8:01||Daniel Graham, 3 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 29 yds, 2:49