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New England at Buffalo NFL Capsule for Week 3

PATRIOTS BILLS
SERIES LEADER 60-40-1  
STREAKS Past 15  
COACHES VS. OPP. Belichick: 20-3 Gailey: 0-3
LAST WEEK W 35-21 vs. Chargers W 38-35 vs. Raiders
LAST GAME 12/26/10: Patriots 34 at Bills 3. New England QB Tom Brady passes for 140 yards & 3 TDs, including 2 to rookie TE Rob Gronkowski.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/26/10
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Marv Albert, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 93 (NE), 106 (Buf.). XM: 228 (Buf).

 

STATS

PASSING Brady: 63-88-940 (1L)-7 (T1L)-1-128.0 (1L) Fitzpatrick: 45-71-472-7 (1L)-1-109.6 (2C)
RUSHING Green-Ellis: 24-104-4.3-2 (T1C) Jackson: 35-229 (1L)-6.5-2 (T1C)
RECEIVING Welker: 15 (T3L)-241 (3L)-16.1-2 Nelson: 14-149-10.6-1
OFFENSE 563.0 (1L) 422.5 (3C)
TAKE/GIVE +4 (T3L) +3 (T3C)
DEFENSE 479.0 333.5
SACKS Anderson: 2 (T2C) Sp. Johnson, Scott: 1
INTs 3 tied: 1 (T3C) Florence, Searcy (R): 1 (T3C)
PUNTING Mesko: 39.5 Moorman: 50.9
KICKING Gostkowski: 17 (8/8 PAT; 3/4 FG) Lindell: 19 (3C) (10/10 PAT; 3/4 FG)

NOTES

PATRIOTS:  Club seeks 16th straight win against Bills…Patriots aim to start season 3-0 for 4th time under BILL BELICHICK (2002, 2004, 2007)…Dating back to 11/14/10, club has won 10 consecutive regular-season games, longest active streak in NFL…NE seeks 7th straight win vs. AFC East…Rank 1st in NFL w/ 563 yards per game in ’11…QB TOM BRADY has 17-1 career record (.944) vs. Bills with 39 TDs vs. 12 INTs & 103 passer rating. Aims for 12th straight regular-season game with 2+ TD passes. Seeks 3rd consec game with 400+ passing yards (517, 423). Brady has 15 completions of 20+ yards in 2011, 2nd-most in NFL (CAM NEWTON, 16)…RB BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS has 15 rush TDs since 2010, 2nd-most in NFL (ARIAN FOSTER, 16). In past 2, Green-Ellis averages 101 rush yards per game vs. Buf. (202 total)…WRs DEION BRANCH (111) & WES WELKER  (120.5) are averaging 100+ rec. yards per game this season…TE ROB GRONKOWSKI has 3 TD catches in 2 career games vs. Bills…S PATRICK CHUNG aims for 3rd consecutive game with INT vs. Buf…DT VINCE WILFORK posted 1st career INT last week…BILLS:  Lead NFL with 39.5 points per game this season. Buf. aims for 3-0 start for 1st time since ’08…QB RYAN FITZPATRICK is tied for NFL-best with 7 TD passes this season (Brady, MATTHEW STAFFORD). Has 120.2 passer rating in 4th quarter. RB FRED JACKSON aims for 3rd straight game w/ 100+ rush yards (112, 117). Bills are 8-1 when Jackson has 100+ rushing yards. Tied career-high w/ 2 rush TDs last week…WR STEVIE JOHNSON aims for 3rd consecutive game with TD catch. WR DAVID NELSON had career-highs in rec. (10) & yards (83) last week, incl. 6-yard game-winning TD catch with 14 sec. remaining…TE SCOTT CHANDLER is tied for AFC lead with 3 TD receptions this season (Rob Gronkowski, KENNY BRITT)…In last game vs. NE (w/ Chargers on 9/16/07), LB SHAWNE MERRIMAN had 2 sacks & 1 FF…LB NICK BARNETT leads team with 18 tackles…KR-RB C.J. SPILLER had 95-yard KR-TD vs. Patriots on 9/26/10.


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