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Video footage of Patriots filming Bengals' sideline in Week 14 released

Video footage of Patriots filming Bengals' sideline in Week 14 released

Exclusive footage showing a conversation between a New England Patriots video crew and Cincinnati Bengals security over a taping of Cincy's sideline during its Week 14 game in Cleveland was shown on FOX Sports' NFL pregame show Sunday morning.

FOX Sports reporter Jay Glazer obtained the footage. Check it out in the video below:

It should be noted this footage is not the entire video.

The NFL is investigating the Patriots for videotaping the Bengals' sideline during Cincinnati's Week 14 road game against the Browns in Cleveland.

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The Patriots released a statement earlier this week saying the video crew was in Cleveland to get footage for a team website series titled "Do Your Job." The subject of this particular episode was an advance scout, and the Patriots play the Bengals in Cincinnati on Sunday. New England, in its statement, also described its failure to inform the Bengals and the league of the taping as an "unintended oversight", while also admitting the video crew "inappropriately filmed the field" from its spot in the Cleveland press box.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made his first public comments on the matter earlier this week at the league meeting in Dallas. He said there is no timetable for when the investigation will conclude. Goodell also said the Patriots' previous history of illegal videotaping (Spygate in 2007) will be a factor in the league's investigation.

“Of course. That's a factor,” Goodell said. “But I think the key things are the new information that we have — that (old) information, we obviously already had. I think the issue is what information do we have from this incident.”

Punishment for the Patriots reportedly could include fines and a draft pick(s).

Report: Bengals 'not happy' that Pats' videotaping is being treated 'like a joke'

NFL Rumors: Tom Brady told Al Michaels he was 'unhappy' in November

NFL Rumors: Tom Brady told Al Michaels he was 'unhappy' in November

Even when things were looking up for the New England Patriots last season, Tom Brady apparently wasn't a happy camper.

Brady and the Patriots rolled into their early-November matchup vs. the Baltimore Ravens with a zero in the loss column. That wasn't enough to please Brady, however, as the ex-Pats quarterback expressed his dissatisfaction to NBC's Al Michaels before what ended up being New England's first loss of the year.

Michaels revealed to fellow NBC Sports broadcaster Mike Tirico the surprising comments Brady made to him, which foreshadowed his departure from the Patriots in free agency.

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"I think the most revealing thing we heard from Tom is we went in for the midseason game in Baltimore on a Sunday night in early November, and [the Patriots] were undefeated," Michaels told Tirico. "And we were talking to Brady, and Brady said to us, 'I'm the most unhappy 8-0 quarterback in football.'"

Watch below:

It's unclear exactly why Brady was so unhappy despite being 8-0, but there are some interesting theories. Perhaps he was tired of Bill Belichick's strict coaching style after 20 years, or he simply was displeased with the Patriots taking it season-by-season with his contract rather than committing to their 42-year-old QB. There also was the whole Antonio Brown saga, which unfolded six weeks prior and took a No. 1 receiver away out of Brady's arsenal.

Brady mentioned in his Wednesday interview with Howard Stern he "probably knew before the start of last season" it would be his final year of New England, so he may have been unhappy long before that Week 9 game in Baltimore.

Whatever it was that had Brady down, it ultimately culminated in the six-time Super Bowl champion beginning a new chapter with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady signed a two-year contract worth $50 million guaranteed last month to become the Bucs' new signal-caller, and he seems rejuvenated by the opportunity.

Lavonte David explains why Tom Brady is 'perfect guy' for Buccaneers

Lavonte David explains why Tom Brady is 'perfect guy' for Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven't advanced to the NFL playoffs in 12 years, and only the Cleveland Browns have a longer active postseason drought. Being associated with the Browns in anything playoff-related isn't ideal, but the Buccaneers should be optimistic heading into the 2020 season.

Tom Brady left the New England Patriots in free agency to sign with the Buccaneers in a move that brought instant relevancy and excitement to a franchise in desperate need of both.

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The path to Super Bowl LV won't be easy for the Bucs, and even winning the NFC South will be a challenge. The New Orleans Saints have won three straight division titles, and they are the favorites to claim the division crown again in 2020.

However, oddsmakers are confident Brady and Bucs will be quite competitive next season. Tampa Bay has -177 odds to make the playoffs and it's tied for the fifth-best odds to win Super Bowl LV at the DraftKings Sportsbook.

There's plenty of playoff buzz in Tampa Bay, and the players are eager to get to work with Brady.

"I've been itching [to be in the playoffs] for a very long time, the past eight years," Bucs linebacker Lavonte David said Tuesday in a conference call. "Having somebody come in who has that winning pedigree, it's going to be a lot to learn from. He's going to have a lot of knowledge for us, a lot of knowledge for me, just helping me be a better leader, be a better teammate, and help us find all those little things to help us get over the hump, help us get over the edge.

"What he brings is that winning mentality, that attitude, knowing what it takes to get there and knowing what it takes to win it all. That's what all the guys in our locker room want. He's the perfect guy for us. I know a lot of guys are going to be leaning on him. I know we've got a lot of guys in our locker room who love to soak up knowledge from older players and gain an advantage. I feel like he's going to bring that edge that we always needed."

The addition of Brady wasn't the only impactful move Tampa Bay has made this offseason.

The team also upgraded its offensive line and brought back several key members from last season's defense, including Shaquil Barrett, Jason Pierre-Paul and Ndamukong Suh. The Bucs also have the No. 14 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, which they can use to give Brady another talented weapon on offense, or to bolster a defense that finished 2019 very strongly.

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