The New England Patriots are dealing with unfamiliar issues on the field while dealing with a familiar accusation off the field, facing charges of a video-taping incident involving their upcoming opponent. Most pressing for the Patriots is trying to avoid their first three-game losing streak since 2002 when they visit the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

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New England coach Bill Belichick denied any wrongdoing after an advance scout for the defending Super Bowl champions was caught taping Cincinnati's sideline during last week's game. “We’re competitive and we’ll try to be competitive in every area. But we don’t knowingly, intentionally want to do anything that’s across the line," said Belichick, who was fined $500,000 as part of a series of disciplinary measures against the team for the Spygate sage in 2007. While the Patriots can clinch a playoff berth Sunday amid an NFL investigation into the incident, the Bengals are seeking only their second win while also trying to distance themselves from the video-taping subplot. “This is a tough opponent right now," Cincinnati first-year coach Zac Taylor said. "We’re devoting all of our team making sure we’re prepared. That is where all of our focus is.”

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Patriots -9.5. O/U: 41.5

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  • Occurred Monday, December 16th, 2019 — all day

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