The Patriots have found themselves in another videotaping situation.
The NFL is investigating the Patriots for potentially filming the Bengals’ playcalls during Cincinnati’s 27-19 loss against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday according to ESPN’s Diana Russini.
The Patriots had a film staff on hand, but it was only to film an episode of “Do Your Job” —a webseries the Patriots host on their team website —according to NESN’s Doug Kyed.
Kyed also reported that the Patriots were only filming in the press box, but the Bengals reported their filming to the NFL. The subject of the film was an advance scout for the team. the scout was being filmed and the Browns had given the Patriots’ video crew credentials so they could record at the stadium, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
New England plays the Bengals in Week 15, so it’s easy to see why the Bengals were concerned about this. The Patriots believe it was a miscommunication with the Bengals, per Russini.
Considering the Patriots were caught videotaping opponent’s signals in their infamous “Spygate” scandal during the 2007 season, these accusations shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s also worth noting the Patriots used advance scouts as undercover media members to get away with filming opponents during the “Spygate” saga.