The Patriots are looking to keep their playoff hopes alive as they take on one of the league’s best on Saturday.

Mac Jones and the Patriots will have to bundle up on Saturday. Winslow Townson/Getty Images

The Patriots play host to the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday for some Christmas Eve football.

New England is pretty much in must-win mode after falling to 7-7 with its devastating loss to Las Vegas last weekend. There might not be a tougher opponent for the Patriots to take on considering the circumstances than the Bengals, who are 10-4 and have won their last six. They’re fresh off a 17-point comeback win over Tom Brady and the Buccaneers last weekend.

The Patriots might have a bit of a weather advantage though on Saturday. The temperature is expected to stay around 15 degrees throughout the afternoon with a wind chill below zero and wind gusts expected to be between 15-20 mph.

Follow along for live updates throughout the game as the Patriots look to get a potentially season-changing win.

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11:40 a.m.

The Patriots will be down a couple of key players on Saturday against the Bengals.

Damien Harris will miss his fourth straight game as he’s still dealing with a thigh injury. Cornerback Jack Jones will also miss Saturday’s game due to a knee injury he suffered in the Patriots’ Week 14 win against the Cardinals. Raleigh Webb, Sam Roberts, and Joshuah Bledsoe were the other scratches.

As for the Bengals, they’ll notably be without tight end Hayden Hurst and defensive end Sam Hubbard.

11 a.m.

The Patriots will be without long snapper Joe Cardona (who suffered a season-ending ankle injury), cornerback Jalen Mills, and wide receiver DeVante Parker on Saturday.

While Rhamondre Stevenson and Jakobi Meyers are questionable, both are expected to play, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Running back Damien Harris, who has been out since he suffered a thigh injury on Thanksgiving Day, will reportedly be a game-time decision.


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