Gillette Stadium | Sunday, September 12 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Patriots 23, Bengals 10
180 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INTIf he can get back to playing like his pre-2008 self, he'll put up nice numbers throwing to Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens. The Patriots should provide a good guage of how effective Palmer can be this season.
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 80 rush yardsBenson is far from flashy, but he claimed his stake as the top back in Cincinnati and will get the lion's share of carries every week.
20 rush yardsDon't expect anything better than typical backup numbers, though if Cedric Benson gets hurt Scott would definitely be a worthy free agent pickup.
3 rec, 40 yardsOchocinco didn't light up the stat sheet in preseason, but he's still the top option in Cincinnati, especially downfield.
2 rec, 35 yardsHe isn't the T.O. of old, but he should be more than serviceable as a No. 2 or 3 WR, especially if he sees a lot of red zone targets.
2 rec, 20 yardsHe's a tremendous pass-catcher, but the Bengals have usually been a tight end-adverse offense. He's atop the depth chart, however, and is expected to develop into an elite talent down the line.
1 PAT, 1 FGNugent has never been a very accurate kicker, and now he's starting for a team that squeezed just 97 points from Shayne Graham last season.
1 sack, 1 INTThe Bengals were one of the best against the pass last season, but the Patriots are a test for anyone. Still, lots of passing means lots of interception opportunities.
250 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INTBrady looked sharp in the preseason, but he will be facing a tough Bengals secondary in the opener. Still, expect Brady to throw the ball a lot in the opener and pick up a touchdown or two.
25 rush yardsMaroney should see some carries in the opener, but it's difficult to predict how much action he will see given the way the Patriots spread the carries around. Avoid him in Week 1.
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 30 rush yardsMaroney should see some carries in the opener, but it's difficult to predict how much action he will see given the way the Patriots spread the carries around. Avoid him in Week 1.
7 rec, 105 yards, 1 TDThe Bengals have a good secondary, but Tom Brady looked good in the preseason and should be able to find Moss in the end zone at least once.
4 rec, 70 yards, 1 TDWelker is ready for the season opener after suffering a knee injury late last season, but it may take him some time to get back to his old self. Don't expect big numbers in Week 1.
3 rec, 50 yardsEdelman should see plenty of action with Wes Welker unlikely to play significant snaps just yet. Edelman should see a few targets out of the slot position.
2 rec, 20 yardsSplitting time with Aaron Hernandez probably won't yield much in terms of results.
2 PATs, 3 FGsThe Patriots offense looks very scary again and will give Gostkowski plenty of opportunities for points.
3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 FumbleThe Bengals played very conservatively on offense last season, which doesn't allow for fantasy points for opposing defense.
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