Patriots-Bills Capsule

NEW ENGLAND (9-2) at BUFFALO (6-5)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE – Patriots by 8

RECORD VS. SPREAD – New England 7-4, Buffalo 6-4-1

SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead series 70-43-1

LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Bills 41-25, Oct. 30, 2016

LAST WEEK – Patriots beat Dolphins 35-17; Bills beat Chiefs 16-10

AP PRO32 RANKING – Patriots No. 2, Bills No. 16

PATRIOTS OFFENSE – OVERALL (1), RUSH (14), PASS (1)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE – OVERALL (30), RUSH (22), PASS (31)

BILLS OFFENSE – OVERALL (26), RUSH (12), PASS (30)

BILLS DEFENSE – OVERALL (25), RUSH (21), PASS (22)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Patriots are 29-5 overall and 17-2 in games played after Halloween against Bills since coach Bill Belichick took over in 2000. QB Tom Brady is 26-2 vs. Buffalo in games he plays more than one half. … With 15-2 record at Buffalo since 2000, Belichick has more wins at Orchard Park, New York, than any Bills coach since Wade Phillips went 17-7 from 1998-2000. … Brady’s 26 wins against Buffalo tied with Brett Favre for most by quarterback against one opponent in NFL history. Favre had 26 wins against Detroit. … With NFL-leading 3,374 yards passing, Brady is 626 short of becoming third player with eight 4,000-yard passing seasons. Peyton Manning did it 14 times, and Drew Brees 11. … TE Rob Gronkowski, from suburban Buffalo, has 52 catches for 813 yards and 11 TDs in 11 games vs. Bills. He’s scored in all but three meetings. … RB Dion Lewis had career-best 112 yards rushing against Dolphins. … Defense has not allowed more than 17 points during seven-game winning streak after giving up average of 32 in first four. … Patriots open stretch of three-straight road games, while Bills open three-game homestand. … First-year Bills coach Sean McDermott was 1-0 against Patriots over previous six years as Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator. Brady went 29 of 40 for 296 yards with TD and interception in 24-20 loss at Carolina on Nov. 18, 2013. … Neither of Buffalo’s previous seven coaches beat Belichick-coached Patriots more than once, with Dick Jauron going 0-7 during three-plus seasons (2006-2009). … QB Tyrod Taylor went 19 of 29 for 183 yards and TD against Chiefs, one week after being benched in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman, who threw five first-half interceptions in 54-24 loss to Chargers. … Taylor is 2-12 when attempting 30 or more passes, including 16-0 win at New England last season in which he went 27 of 39 for 246 yards and TD. … RB LeSean McCoy has 402 yards from scrimmage and three TDs in four meetings against Patriots. … Bills have 825 yards rushing in six wins and 456 in five losses. … Defense allowed 135 points and 1,242 yards offense during three-game skid before limiting Chiefs to 236 yards and 14 first downs. … Fantasy Tip: Brady has topped 300-yards passing 10 times and thrown three or more touchdowns 12 times in 28 full games against Bills.

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