Patriots Dominate The Bengals To Win Season Opener

Brady, Welker produce as Pats beat Bengals 38-24

By HOWARD ULMAN

AP Sports Writer

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Tom Brady threw two of his three

touchdown passes to Wes Welker, who returned from a serious knee

injury, and led the New England Patriots to a 38-24 win over the

Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

The season-opening victory came just three days after Brady was

unhurt in a two-car crash then agreed to a contract making him the

NFL's highest paid player.

His day was made smoother by Welker, who caught eight passes for

64 yards less than eight months after surgery for a torn knee

ligament.

Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens combined for 19 receptions for

212 yards and a touchdown for the Bengals, but their impact on the

game fell short of the hype that accompanied their partnership.

 

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