FOXBORO -- Wes Welker caught a pair of touchdown passes from Tom Brady, Gary Guyton returned an interception 59 yards for a touchdown and Brandon Tate returned the opening kick of the second half 97 yards for a score as the Patriots coasted to a 38-24 win over the Bengals in the season opener at Gillette Stadium. 

 

The Patriots, who won their ninth straight home opener raced out to a 24-0 lead as Brady and the offense clicked on all cylinders, outgaining Cincinnati, 217-39, at one point. 

 

According to a report on ESPN, the Patriots and All-Pro guard Logan Mankins were close to agreeing to a long-term deal two weeks ago but the talks stalled when Mankins refused to issue a public apology for comments he made in June.

 

FOXBORO -- Julian Edelman [foot], Laurence Maroney [thigh] and Terrence Wheatley [foot] are among the gameday inactives for the Patriots as they play their season opener Sunday against Cincinnati. 

 

Other inactives for the Patriots Sunday are Taylor Price, Dane Fletcher, Steve Maneri, Brandon Deaderick and Nick Kaczur. 

 

For the Bengals, Dan LeFevour [3rd QB], RB Brian Leonard, CB Brandon Ghee, C Reggie Stephens, LB Roddrick Muckelroy, WR Andre Caldwell, DT Pat Sims and DE Carlos Dunlap are all inactive.  

 

It's been a big week as the Patriots and the rest of the league have prepared to kick off the 2010-11 season. Here's the recap of everything that's happened and everything you need going forward.

 

NEWS

According to the Boston Globe, the car in which Tom Brady was involved in an accident in early Thursday morning was on loan from the nonprofit group, 'Best Buddies International, Inc.,' and is one of a few cars Audi supplies to the organization. The car Brady was driving (which had New Jersey plates) was an Audi S8 sedan, which typically costs approximately $97,000. Speaking to ESPN.com, Patriots owner Bob Kraft said, "He was saying how the thump he took was not unlike getting hit on the field here. He arched and prepared himself and we're just lucky with the glass and angles.

The Patriots recently released a statement that included quotes from owner Robert Kraft and quarterback Tom Brady on Brady’s four-year extension. Here’s the complete text of the release:

Yesterday, the Patriots submitted the paperwork for the four-year contract extension that was recently signed by Tom Brady. The extension extends through the 2014 NFL season. Today, both Robert Kraft and Tom Brady issued statements regarding the extension.
 

A day after submitting Tom Brady's four-year, $72 million contract extension to the NFL, Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke to the Boston Globe's Shalise Manza-Young about why it was such a priority to not let the  biggest name in team history not hit free agency. 

 

Here are ten things worth keeping an eye on in Sunday’s opener between the Patriots and Bengals at Gillette Stadium:



Defensive linemen Geno Atkins and defensive end Jonathan Fanene are both expected to suit and play Sunday for the Bengals as they visit Gillette for a 1 p.m. season kickoff with the Patriots.

 

Bengals' Thursday injury report

 

Did Not Participate in Practice

CB Brandon Ghee (head) Doubtful

WR Andre Caldwell (groin) Questionable

 

Limited Participation in Practice

HB/FB Brian Leonard (foot) Questionable

 

FOXBORO -- Wide receiver Julian Edelman and running back Laurence Maroney are among those Patriots listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium in the 2010 season opener.

 

Patriots' Thursday injury report

Did Not Participate in Practice

OT Nick Kaczur (back) OUT

CB Terrence Wheatley (foot) OUT

 

Limited Participation in Practice

WR Julian Edelman (foot) Questionable