The New England Patriots drubbed the Cincinnati Bengals 35-17 on Sunday, improving to 5-1 atop the AFC East. The victory, like many high-profile Bengals games of late, wasn’t without controversy. The NFL is reviewing a low hit from Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict in which he dove at the knees of Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett.
On Brady’s weekly Monday morning appearance on Boston radio station WEEI, New England’s franchise quarterback shared his thoughts on the Bengals’ style of defense.
“Their whole game is to just hit you. They may not be the quickest team out there on the field, like a guy like Burfict or (Rey) Maualuga, but if they can line you up, they’re gonna try to take your head off and that’s why they got a good defense,” Brady said.
“We’ve played a lot of defenses like that over the years, big physical defenses that that’s their trademark. When you’re playing those teams, you gotta understand that, especially they were playing a lot of zone coverage, so zone coverage, they can all kind of drop back and read on the quarterback and then break on the throw.
“It always gets chippy with the Bengals. They’ve had a history with that, with the players on their team.”
But is Brady willing to label Cincinnati as a dirty team?
“They play a tough, physical style. When they hit you, they hit you hard,” Brady said. “I don’t say dirty, I’ve never said that about any team. It’s football. It’s a physical sport and some teams play more physical than others. That’s the way it’s been for a long time. That’s how they build the team. They’ve got two safeties that are 225 pounds. They’ve got big, physical linebackers and big corners and a huge D-line.”