1. Second-year defensive tackle Chris Jones split the double-team block of left guard Mike Pollak and left tackle Andrew Whitworth to record a sack (12:58), the first allowed by the Bengals this season. Just a strong move to the outside shoulder of Pollak, and it helped that Chandler Jones was pinching the pocket from the left end. This was also an example of how the Patriots had Chandler Jones, in a limited role because of a right shoulder injury, rushing from the opposite side he normally does.
2. Credit to cornerback Kyle Arrington for playing one of his better games, as in addition to having tight coverage for long stretches and nearly blocking a punt, he punched the ball free from receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, with safety Duron Harmon recovering along the sideline (and doing a nice job to keep his feet in-bounds). This was one of Arrington's best games (45 snaps were a season high), although something tells us Bill Belichick might have a word or two for him regarding his summersault into the end zone in the third quarter after a scoop-and-score on a forced fumble on a kickoff return.
3. NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth said, “I'm not sure anyone was going to come in here and beat the Patriots.” Sort of how I felt last Monday in Kansas City with the Chiefs, as in both cases, the home team took the fight to the visitor.
4. Postgame video from the Patriots' locker room, on the team's official website, caps off our review. Neat moment between head coach Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady and the team behind closed doors.