The inconsistent Cincinnati Bengals host the undefeated New England Patriots in Week 5. It’s an interesting matchup, as the Bengals have been good enough to hand the Green Bay Packers a loss, but also inconsistent enough to sit at just 2-2 through four weeks. New England, on the other hand, has stayed perfect through four games despite not having a litany of offensive weapons they’re accustomed to having.
Despite Cincy being a little erratic and the Pats being under-manned, it’s a surprise that fans only need to pay $122 on average for this one, with a get-in tag of just $39. In fact, it’s just 3% more expensive than the average price for Bengals tickets at home this season.
Despite the soft ticket price this week, this matchup isn’t likely to produce soft results. After all, the Patriots just ousted a borderline desperate Atlanta Falcons on the road last week, yet again without all of their offensive studs. That proved for them once again that as long as their players aren’t dropping passes and running wrong routes like they did against the New York Jets in week two, Tom Brady can pretty much will them to victory.
The same can be said for Cincinnati, however, who barely lost to the Bears in Week 1 and used a late fury against the Packers to steal an impressive in Week 3.
Bottom line, however, is whether or not Andy Dalton can out-dual the legendary Tom Brady. It’ll be nice if he can get a helping hand from rookie running back Giovani Bernard. And with Pats defensive tackle (a.k.a. wall) Vince Wilfork now on injured reserve, that’s something that just might happen.
Regardless, if Dalton can cut down the mistakes and attack the New England secondary with A.J. Green, the Bengals could pull off another upset. But even if they can’t, Brady and co. will make this an interesting battle that all should enjoy.