Lamar Jackson threw efficiently against the Patriots’ league-leading pass defense, completing 17 of 23 and converting on key third and fourth downs in the second half. Wide receiver Marquise Brown returned after missing two games with an ankle injury and caught three passes on four targets for 48 yards. Tight end Nick Boyle had one of the best receiving games of his career against the Patriots, catching all five passes thrown his way and scoring his first career touchdown.
Rookie quarterback Ryan Finley will have his first NFL start, replacing Andy Dalton as the Bengals look for a path forward after their 0-8 start. Finley made first-team All-ACC at North Carolina State last season but has yet to play a regular-season NFL snap. With Dalton at the helm, the Bengals ranked 11th in passing yardage but 27th in yards per attempt. Cincinnati’s best offensive player, wide receiver A.J. Green, has missed the first half of the season with an ankle injury and is not expected to play.