(SportsNetwork.com) - Tom Brady has the New England Patriots undefeated heading into one of their best months of the season.
And it looks like he is just getting started.
Brady will try to guide the Pats to their fourth ever 5-0 start this Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium against the Cincinnati Bengals, who hope to contain the decorated signal-caller after struggling against lesser-heralded competition last weekend.
Offseason departures and injuries left Brady with minimal experienced weapons to work with at the onset of the season and the former two-time MVP failed to eclipse 300 yards passing in any of his first three games of the season.
Still, New England found ways to win and then got a bit of vintage Brady in last Sunday night's 30-23 road win over the Atlanta Falcons. Brady threw for 316 yards on 20-of-31 passing, completing a pair of touchdown throws without getting picked.
Brady threw TD passes to tight end Matthew Mulligan and wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins and also got help in the form of a 47-yard scoring run by LeGarrette Blount.
A 49-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski put the Pats up 30-13 with 6:18 to play, but the Falcons scored 10 straight points and were charging late before cornerback Aqib Talib came through with a game-sealing breakup in the end zone to thwart Atlanta's comeback bid.
"We got to do a better job of finishing out the game, but we did a good job putting ourselves in that position, 17-point lead with six minutes to go in the game," said New England coach Bill Belichick, who won his 209th career game to tie Chuck Noll for fifth place on the NFL's all-time coaching wins list. "Obviously, could have played a little bit better at the end, but good to be 4-0."
Talib also had an interception in addition to knocking down four passes, while Thompkins led the Pats with 127 receiving yards on six catches. He was targeted 11 times, while Julian Edelman had seven receptions for a career-high 118 yards.
Brady continued to lean on the duo while wide receiver Danny Amendola missed his third game in a row due to a groin injury. Tight end Rob Gronkowski, meanwhile, has yet to play this season following multiple offseason surgeries on his forearm as well as one on his back.
Gronkowski could again miss this game, making it even more surprising that the Pats are off to their seventh 4-0 start and first since 2007, when they went undefeated up until a loss in the Super Bowl.
And October is usually when Brady puts on his Superman costume. The Pats are an NFL-best 35-7 in the month since 2003 and have won 26 of their last 30 games in October.
That should be of some concern to the Bengals, who had a two-game win streak snapped when they lost 17-6 last weekend to Brian Hoyer and the Cleveland Browns.
Hoyer, a former backup of Brady's in New England, touched to the Bengals for 269 yards passing and two touchdowns. Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton, meanwhile, was held to 206 yards passing.
The Bengals managed just 63 yards rushing and went 4-for-14 on third downs.
"Well you get out of sync when you don't convert third down," noted Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "You have to convert third down to stay in sync. We had third downs that were both manageable and convertible."
Wide receiver A.J. Green had seven receptions, but posted just 51 yards receiving as he was blanketed by the Browns. That in part led to Dalton posting just a 58.2 passer rating after having logged a 105.5 rating the previous week in a win over Green Bay.