maxresdefaultI already cried about this game, just like I knew I would! Tom Brady had a lot of fun today completing over 82% of his passes and chucking up 3 scores. We all knew this would happen sooner or later but the man they call Gronk finally had his big game and it came against my beloved Bengals. Rob Gronkowski was an absolute animal setting a career high in receiving yards with 162 on his 7 catches. Expect similar performances from him moving forward as it looks like that connection with Brady is back. Too large for a CB to cover him and too fast for an LB to keep up with him, Gronkowski, bearing any injuries, will go down as one of the greatest tight ends of all time, top 5 for sure so the beating he laid on my team, it’ll pass. Running backs James White and LeGarrette Blount (13 carries, 50 yards, 1 td) also provided a spark for this Pats offence and accounted for a majority of the heavy lifting.  The defence did its job containing Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill to a combined 87 yards on 28 carries. The lone touchdown run came from Andy Dalton on a 2 yard quarterback keep. While Dalton connected with his favourite target (and my favourite receiver), AJ Green 6 times for 88 yards, it was not enough as Green did not manage a touchdown and Dalton only threw 1 on 21/31 passing for 254 yards. Not a terrible game by Dalton but one that he won’t be getting a ton of praise for. The rookie Tyler Boyd out of Pittsburgh was a nice compliment to Green by hauling in 4 catches for 79 yards, but again, not able to find the end zone. The defence would certainly like to forget this game giving up 4 scores in total. While Vontaze Burfict, Michael Johnson and Pat Sims each got to Brady once, it wasn’t enough as Brady was able to carve up the defence. Moving forward, it’ll be interesting to see how the Bengals offence will be once Tyler Eifert is back and more weapons are added to Daltons disposal. As for the Patriots, keep doing what you are doing because it is working. The Bengals host the Browns next week (as a fan, I am excited for that game! Thinking we can get to 3-3.) The Patriots have a date with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, and if today was a sign of things to come, a Pittsburgh squad without Ben Roethlisberger could be in for a long day.