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The 2014 Patriots won the Super Bowl, so why can’t this version?

The New England Patriots are 2-2, they’ve lost an embarrassing game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and there are problems on the roster that seem unfixable in the middle of the season. Many are wondering if this era of Patriots football might be over.

Sound familiar?

What the Patriots are going through right now is eerily similar to what happened in 2014. The Patriots were also 2-2 after four games then, with the Chiefs loss coming on Monday Night Football during Week 4 and the fan base spinning into a frenzy.

Things worked out pretty well that season. The team went on to win the Super Bowl, and it all started when the team went “on to Cincinnati” a week later. That is the situation that this current team is in now, and some players see it as motivating. According to Jim McBride of The Boston GlobeJames White sees plenty of similarities between that team and this one.

“Guys took it as a challenge. We came out the next week against the Bengals and guys were just flying around, making plays, and just trying to improve off the Kansas City game,’’ White said Monday afternoon. “That’s all it really is. That’s the approach we really take every week whether you’re coming off a loss or a win. You try to find things you can improve on and come out flying around that next week.”

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In that sense, these early losses could prove to be beneficial to the Patriots this season. It’d be easy for a team that has had as much success as New England to get complacent.

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The Patriots expected to be at a bit of a disadvantage.

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The New England Patriots are not going to blame their loss at the hands of the officials. They know they didn’t accomplish what they needed to in order to avoid letting one or two calls affect the outcome of the game. They also knew that head referee Jerome Boger was going to flag the Patriots whenever he could.

“From previous [games], that crew has called much more penalties on us than the other team,” Patriots QB Tom Brady said on WEEI. “We have to figure out how to play and tighten it up. If we don’t get the calls, we don’t get them. We still have to go out and play better than we played.”

And if you look at the past two games, that Boger has called with the Patriots, Brady’s not wrong. In 2014, Boger was the referee for the famous “We’re on to Cincinnati” game where he flagged the Patriots 12 times for 114 yards and the Bengals just 4 times for 37 yards. Boger also called the game between the Patriots and Rams in 2016 and called 8 penalties against the Patriots versus just 4 for Los Angeles. On Sunday, Boger flagged the Patriots 7 times and the Panthers only once.

So over the past three games with Boger, the Patriots have been penalized three-times more than their opponent (27 to 9). Boger is actually responsible for penalizing the home team at a rate far above the league average and calling multiple penalties more than average per game.

There were five big penalties against the Patriots that really shifted the course of the game and some were much more valid than others.

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Key players for this week will be those taking on more responsibility while the Packers heal.

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We at Acme Packing Company know that last week was rough. We’ve discussed it ad nauseum and injuries seem to just be as continuous as ever. Let’s find some bright side here and talk about the potential impact that some key players can have to help secure the Packers a win against Cincinnati.

Quinton Dial

Dial is listed behind Mike Daniels on the depth chart and could be looking at some extra reps during the game Sunday. Daniels is listed as doubtful so Dial or Kenny Clark will have a spotlight on them to take over the defensive line. The Bengals haven’t been able to score a touchdown in the first 2 weeks and I anticipate that they will be desperate to find the endzone.

The Bengals have allowed 8 sacks so far on the season and their line play isn’t getting any stronger. Dial is a strong run defender and can help eat up blockers inside so the pass rushers can do some damage.

Kevin King

Sticking on defense, Kevin King could be in for a bigger role in this game and in the future. King was able to put in pretty good reps against Atlanta’s Julio Jones last week. Matt Ryan was 0-4 when targeting Jones with King covering him. The Packers may need Kevin King to use his large 6’3” frame to help put the clamp on the Bengals’ A.J. Green.

Like Jones, Green is another big wide receiver that commands a lot of targets and attention. New offensive coordinator, Bill Lazor, may target A.J. in the offense early and often with redzone target, Tyler Eifert, and speedster, John Ross out.

Ahmad Brooks

Sticking on the defensive side of the ball, I’m looking at Ahmad Brooks. It’s unknown how long linebacker Nick Perry will be recovering from his recent hand surgery. Brooks, who missed the game against Atlanta with a concussion, is technically listed as Clay Matthews’ back up, but I don’t anticipate that keeping from Dom Capers sliding him over to the opposite side.

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Home games are always vital

Andrew from West Allis, WI

Sorry to hear about Perry’s hand, but I’m super-excited to see the cast-petting celebration as soon as he’s cleared to play. What’s your favorite player celebration and who did it?

Billy “White Shoes” Johnson with the funky chicken dance, followed by the splits and the behind-the-back fake throw. You can’t beat it.

Daniel from Copenhagen, Denmark

It seems like the Inbox is still lingering on the Atlanta game. Let’s really get on to Cincinnati. What is the key to winning this game? Is it just containing A.J. Green or is it something more?

It’s the Packers playing like the Packers. This game isn’t about the Bengals, it’s about the Packers. That means containing the run, winning the turnover battle, and making more big plays than the opponent. That’s McCarthy football.

Corey from Mooresville, NC

I know the Bengals offense hasn’t been clicking as of late and with the new offensive coordinator. Do you see them trying to run the ball more against the Packers?

Yes. I’ve had that feeling all week, and McCarthy confirmed it on Thursday. There’s no better way to rebuild a foundation for a struggling quarterback than to give him a running game, and the Bengals have three backs they can turn to.

Amanda from Villa Rica, GA

Every week I find myself getting more and more excited for game day as the days go by. This week is no exception. Now I know that it’s only Week 3 and we play our best football in December, but how important is a win against the Bengals?

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BALTIMORE (AP) — All that has transpired for the Baltimore Ravens this month has put them in position for, as safety Eric Weddle put it, “A December to Remember.”

The Ravens followed a winless October with a 3-1 November, capped by a 19-14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Baltimore (6-5) climbed back into a tie with Pittsburgh atop the AFC North with five games to go.

“We have to win every game, we feel, this last stretch,” Weddle said.

The Bengals (3-7-1) feel the same way. The difference is, that might not be good enough to get them into the postseason for the sixth consecutive year.

“We have been able to control it ourselves. Now we need help,” coach Marvin Lewis said.

After spending five straight Decembers fighting for playoff position, Cincinnati is now in a situation where one more loss may end its postseason hopes.

“It starts to wear on you,” cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said. “I’m a winner. I’ve never been in this situation. But at the end of the day, when you’re a competitor you keep competing, especially when your back is against the wall.”

Some things we learned about the Ravens and Bengals on Sunday:

PERFECT AND IMPERFECT: Ravens kicker Justin Tucker has been perfect in 11 games this year. After connecting from 52, 57 , 54 and 36 yards, Tucker is 27 for 27 and has made all 15 of his conversion attempts.

It was the 11th time Tucker has kicked at least four field goals in a game. Baltimore is 10-1 when that happens.

“To be on this kind of roll is good, but it doesn’t end today,” Tucker said. “Hopefully this is something that would help carry our team all the way to the playoffs.”

Tucker’s counterpart Sunday, Cincinnati’s Mike Nugent, missed his third straight extra point try (over two games) and has misfired on four of 23 conversion attempts this year.

TIPPING HIS HAND: A handful of Andy Dalton’s 22 incompletions came when Ravens defenders tipped his passes at the line of scrimmage, sending spirals everywhere but toward their intended targets.

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton’s most important passes didn’t even make it past the line of scrimmage. Mike Nugent missed another extra point.

And the Bengals lost yet another game in throwback fashion, making every sort of mistake.

Heading into December, it’s clear they’ve bungled their season away, too.

A 19-14 loss in Baltimore on Sunday left the Bengals (3-7-1) pretty much finished for 2016.

They’re 2½ games behind Baltimore (6-5) and Pittsburgh (6-5) with only five left.

The defending AFC North champs would have to run the table, and the Ravens and Steelers both would have to have meltdowns for the Bengals to reach the playoffs.

They know the odds of that happening aren’t good at all. The Bengals have reached the playoffs a club-record five consecutive seasons, and that streak is about to get snapped.

“We know some things have to break our way now,” coach Marvin Lewis said on Monday .

Also, they know they haven’t played well enough at any point this season to consider themselves playoff-worthy.

That was the case again on Sunday in Baltimore, where they played well enough to stay in the game but no more.

Dalton has been under constant pressure during the season, getting sacked 32 times — fourth most in the NFL.

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Thud. Smack. Bang.

Use any loud noise you want to describe a window being slammed shut, and that’s what they’re hearing in Cincinnati.

The Bengals‘ window, the one with Marvin Lewis leading the team to five straight postseason appearances, is about to be slammed shut. Cincinnati, which entered the season as one of the favorites in the AFC North and a legitimate Super Bowlcontender, fell to 3-7-1 on Sunday by losing 19-14 to the Baltimore Ravens.

That means the season is over and the Lewis era could be as well.

If it is, it has been a nice run for a team that was a laughingstock for a long time before Lewis got to Cincinnati in 2003, but a non-playoff season, even with all the injuries, will make it tough to bring Lewis back. He is under contract through the 2017 season after getting a one-year extension this spring, which could mean he’s back for another season, but that might be pushing it.

There were many calling for his head after the Bengals lost in the playoffs to the Steelers last January in a game that featured an utter meltdown by the Bengals to blow it, complete with a lack of discipline. But that was absurd then when Lewis just went to the playoffs five straight times and played that game without injured quarterback Andy Dalton.

Even so, it likely made it so he had to get back to the playoffs this year and maybe even win a game to assure himself another season.

That isn’t happening now.

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No one wants to call it an elimination game. But no one has to because the AFC North standings do it all for you when the 3-6-1 Bengals play the 5-5 Ravens Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) in Baltimore.

The Bengals.com Media Roundtable is doing what the rest of the NFL is doing and after perusing a Bengals depth chart without perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green and game-breaking running back Giovani Bernard, shop it installs the Ravens as heavy favorites to re-join the 6-5 Steelers at the top of the division.

Bengals radio analyst Dave Lapham, medications like the rest of Bengaldom shocked at three wins in the first 10 games says the lack of complementary football has killed them in the key junctures of close games. And with second-half leads in the last four losses, try they’ve all been close. He says they have a shot Sunday, but only if special teams show up.

Richard Skinner, the web site columnist for Cincinnati’s Channel 12, sees four Mike Nugent field goals and wonders if the Bengals revert to 2014 and focus on running back Jeremy Hill running the ball.

NFL Network’s Steve Wyche, the man who proved newspaper scribes can become TV stars, sees another tight game with a struggling Baltimore offense. But they’ve still got more weapons with Green out of the mix.

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LONDON (AP) — Washington and the Cincinnati Bengals played to a 27-27 draw Sunday in London as the NFL got its second tied game in a season for the first time since 1997.

The sold-out crowd of 84, cure 000 at Wembley Stadium left deflated and even puzzled as the regulation-time shootout between Kirk Cousins and Andy Dalton turned into an overtime comedy of errors.

“It definitely feels more like a loss than a win, viagra buy because we moved the ball so well and had so many opportunities to win,“ Cousins said.

Washington (4-3-1) appeared to have the game won with 2:13 left in overtime, but Dustin Hopkins hooked his 34-yard field goal attempt wide left.

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