Bill Belichick addresses reporters after Sunday night's win over Cincinnati. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick didn't even crack a smile.



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Tom Brady had 292 yards passing and 13 yards rushing Sunday against the Bengals.</p>
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FOXBORO — Although the Patriots may not openly say it — Sunday night’€™s win was for Tom Brady.

FOXBORO — The Patriots answered their critics in fine fashion Sunday night, crushing the Bengals, 43-17. New England jumped to a quick lead, scoring two touchdowns on its first two possessions, and never looked back to up its record to 3-2 on the season.

FOXBORO — After being listed as questionable with a knee injury on the injury report Friday, linebacker Dont’a Hightower is inactive for Sunday night’s game with the Bengals.

FOXBORO — All week the Patriots have waited for this moment. Their chance to prove to critics, the league and most importantly themselves that they are not as bad as the last two weeks would seem is finally here.

Is Tom Brady quickly approaching a breaking point with the Patriots?

On ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” Chris Mortensen reported that Brady’s role in the offense has been diminished and he’s expressing his frustration within the organization.

Prior to Sunday’s matchup with Cincinnati the Patriots have waived wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins and activated linebacker Ja’Gared Davis from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, per the NFL transaction wire.