Ben­gals look to spoil Brady’s home­com­ing

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Kyle Hightower

This sum­mer dur­ing train­ing camp, New England Pa­tri­ots fans never missed an op­por­tu­nity to let Tom Brady know they were think­ing about him.

He was weeks away from the start of his fourgame “De­flate­gate” sus­pen­sion, and ev­ery time he stepped on the field he was show­ered with cheers and ser­e­naded with “Brady! Brady! Brady!” chants.

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful reg­u­lar-sea­son de­but at Cleveland last week, today is Tom Ter­rific’s home­com­ing. “I think we’ll see how it plays out,” Brady said. “But yeah, I know they’re ex­pect­ing a good crowd. We’ll be fired up, too. I mean we’re play­ing a great team. We’re 4-1, it’s not great, but we’re in a de­cent po­si­tion.”

It will also be the lat­est chal­lenge for a Ben­gals team that has had very lim­ited suc­cess against Mr. Brady.

Cincin­nati (2-3) is com­ing off a 28-14 loss at Dal­las last week and is try­ing to avoid its first 2-4 start since 2010, when it fin­ished 4-12 — its worst sea­son un­der Marvin Lewis. The Ben­gals also would match their reg­u­lar-sea­son loss to­tal from 2015, when they tied the club record with a 12-4 mark.

Brady en­ters today 5-1 over­all and 3-0 at home against Cincin­nati, which has never beaten the Pa­tri­ots since they moved into Gil­lette Sta­dium in 2002.

Ben­gals re­ceiver Bran­don LaFell, released by the Pa­tri­ots in March af­ter two sea­sons in New England, said he knows they will get Brady at his best.

“He doesn’t lose in that sta­dium hardly ever, so it’s go­ing to be hard,” he said.

The Ben­gals haven’t won at New England at all since 1986, drop­ping their last six, in­clud­ing 43-17 loss in 2014.

That meet­ing came a year af­ter Cincin­nati’s 13-6 win at home, in which Brady had a streak of 52 straight games with at least one touch­down pass ended. Oth­er­wise, Brady has had his way with the Ben­gals, throw­ing for 12 touch­downs and just two in­ter­cep­tions in his five wins against them.

“It ul­ti­mately comes down to how well you’re play­ing as a team,” he said. “It’s never where you play, it’s re­ally how you play.”

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