NFL Week 1 Preview: Tom Brady To Start Sunday Against Bengals, Patriots Favored 4.5

September 9th, 2010 – by Alex

The 2010 NFL season kicks off with a bang for the New England Patriots as they take on the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium Sunday at 1 PM. Two teams that ended their seasons on similar notes, the Patriots and Bengals both ended up winning their divisions last year, only to lose to inferior opponents in the Wild Card games.

Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, had the second best year of his career in 2009-10 throwing for 4398 yards and 28 touchdowns. Couple that with a not-too-awful 13 interceptions while coming off a horrendous knee injury, and the future looks bright for the one-time face of the league. Brady will get all of his weapons back against the Bengals in the form of receivers, Randy Moss and a now-healthy Wes Welker. On top of the usual suspects, he’ll also have rookie tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez as big new targets that he could play with.

Update: At approximately 6:34am EST, Tom Brady was involved in a traffic accident. By all accounts, Tom Brady was not injured in the collision and therefore his status as the starter come Sunday should not be in jeopardy.

The Bengals defense will try to build off a fantastic defensive campaign from last season starting with the Patriots. In 2009-10, the team was 6th at defending the pass and 7th at stopping the run against their opponents. They will likely aim for more of the same as their defense was key for their success in the ferocious AFC North. Coming into the new season, the Bengals may have the best linebacker core in their division, and possibly the AFC with veterans like Dhani Jones, Keith Rivers and budding talent with Rey Maualuga.

Offensively, the Bengals will try to build off a year where they found themselves 26th in passing. Considering that at one point, quarterback, Carson Palmer, was considered an elite player in the league, these type of statistics aren’t likely to repeat this year. Particularly when considering the fact that Palmer now has more weapons then ever in the form of Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco, Jordan Shipley and Jermaine Gresham.

Game Line: The Patriots are 4.5 point favorites for this game against the Bengals according to the Week 1 NFL Betting Odds at most sportsbooks. Oddsmakers from Bodog have officially set the over/under at a total of 45 points with both sides of the bet paying -110.

Spread Betting Trends: The Bengals are 7-2 against the spread as the underdogs in the last year. The Patriots are 2-4 against the spread in September games.

Straight Up Betting Trends: In their last 7 games against Cincinnati, whether at home or on the road, the Patriots at 6-1 Straight Up. Furthermore, the last 5 road games haven’t kind to the Bengals as they have gone just 1-4 during that span.

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