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Patriots Spygate Part II? What was New England filming at Bengals-Browns game?

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What were the Patriots taping this past weekend at the Bengals-Browns game? Pic credit: New England Patriots/YouTube

Here we go again. Are the New England Patriots once again under the microscope for allegedly taping another team? Rumors are surfacing fast, ironically right before the Patriots face the squad this weekend that is accusing them of spying on them.

Patriots filming scandal?

ESPN first reported that the NFL is currently investigating the New England Patriots for reportedly videotaping the Cincinnati Bengals play calls this past Sunday when the Bengals hosted the Cleveland Browns.

Cincinnati head coach Zac Taylor didn’t give a direct answer during his press conference on Monday when a reporter questioned him about the alleged incident.

Taylor was asked if he could confirm that a New England employee was taping play calls during Sunday’s Bengals game vs. the Cleveland Browns. Taylor would not comment in any detail on the situation. He only said that the team is “aware” of the situation.

Not this time

The naysayers of the New England Patriots will be all over this latest “spy-gate” revelation — even if it proves to be false. Well, it looks like the Patriots did have a crew at the Browns-Bengals game, but it was not for what the Bengals assumed.

Adam Schefter tweeted an update Monday evening that the Patriots did have an advanced scout at the Bengals game. However, he was being filmed for a “Do Your Job” documentary feature that the team routinely produces.

The New England video crew was officially credentialed by the Cleveland Browns to record in the press box. However, when a Bengals official saw a member of the video crew wearing a Patriots shirt and alerted the league, it set off a chain reaction.

In case you happened to forget, this is not the first time that the Patriots are being accused of a spy-gate situation. In 2007, the Patriots were disciplined by the NFL for videotaping signals from the New York Jets.

The Patriots, who are desperate for a win, will face the Bengals this Sunday.

Joseph Karbousky has been freelance writing since 2010 and enjoys covering a wide variety of topics, with his main focus on college and professional sports.... read more
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