Betting on the Patriots was a full-proof tactic throughout the first half of their season.

The second half of the campaign? Well, that’s been a much different story thus far.

New England entered Week 15 a loser of three of its last five. After an encouraging opening drive Sunday afternoon, the Patriots’ offensive struggles resurfaced, as the reigning Super Bowl champions held a narrow 13-10 halftime lead against the one-win Bengals. The first two quarters at Paul Brown Stadium evidently were the final straw for former Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins and his NFL gambling point of view.

Somewhere, Max Kellerman and Jason Whitlock are smiling from ear to ear.

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