The Patriots opened their 2010 campaign on Sunday afternoon by drubbing the defending AFC North champion Cincinnati Bengals, 38-24.
The Pats won by 14, but really, it could have been more, especially considering the fact that after the opening kickoff of the second half New England led by a score of 31-3.
What was most impressive about the Patriots’ performance on Sunday was their ability to score points on not only offense, but defense and special teams as well.
Wide receiver Wes Welker returned to action, playing in his first regular-season game since suffering a season-ending knee injury last year in Houston. All he did was catch two of Tom Brady‘s three touchdown passes.
Linebacker Gary Guyton intercepted a Carson Palmer pass in the second quarter and returned it to the house for a 59-yard touchdown, one of two forced turnovers for a Patriots defense that looked solid for most of the afternoon.
And capping off the total team effort was Brandon Tate whose 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half gave the Patriots a 31-3 lead that they wouldn’t look back from.
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