FOXBORO — Wes Welker was not going to give up the football.



I've always been in the Randy Moss camp ever since he joined the Patriots in 2007.



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FOXBORO -- Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco spoke to the media following the Patriots' 38-24 victory Sunday.

 

"All I know is the better team won today," a somber Ochocinco said when asked to assess his team's loss.

 

The Bengals fell behind by 24 points in the first half, proving to be too much for the team to come back from despite a standout performance from Ochocinco. The star wide receiver had 12 catches for 159 yards and a touchdown.

 

FOXBORO -- Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss told the media on Sunday that if he had to wait until the offseason to be offered a contract extension, it would be a "slap in the face."

 

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.