Week one will test the meddle of a team that is itching to prove itself in the Cincinnati Bengals. While historical records mean nothing other than what occurred in a prior lifetime, the Bengals will have to face the formidable confines of Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Since 1968, the Bengals have walked away from the Patriots' home with only two wins and seven losses. Overall, these two teams have met 21 times since '68, bringing the Bengals an 8 win, 13 loss record.
However, if the Bengals are wishing to make their mark on the NFL and bring attention to the new and improved team, no opening week victory would be more telling than a victory over the Patriots.
It is an exciting opening weekend with TO and Ocho officially making their regular season debut. Carson Palmer will put in his first four quarter game and try to dispel the rumors of his time having passed. Several exciting rookies—in Jermaine Gresham, Jordan Shipley, Carlos Dunlap, and Geno Atkins—will see their first real NFL game and in the most inhospitable confines of the place the Patriots call home.
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