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Bills-Patriots Preview Capsule

December 20, 2018

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

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE - Patriots by 12 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Buffalo 5-9, New England 8-6

SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 73-43-1

LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Bills 25-6, Oct. 29

LAST WEEK - Bills beat Lions 14-13; Patriots lost to Steelers 17-10

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bills No. 25, Patriots No. 7





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Patriots have won past four meetings. ... Patriots will be looking for 26th season sweep over Bills, second straight series sweep and 14th series sweep since 2000. ... Bill Belichick has 86-30 (.741) all-time regular-season record against AFC East as coach of Patriots. ... Bills rookie QB Josh Allen is 57 for 114 for 801 yards, four TDs and four INTs in four games since returning from sprained right elbow. He’s been sacked six times while rushing for 351 yards and three TDs. ... Undrafted rookie WR Robert Foster, signed to Bills’ practice squad in October, has combined for 17 catches for 438 yards and two touchdowns in five games since returning to active roster. Foster is Buffalo’s first player to top 100 yards receiving in consecutive games since Sammy Watkins in 2015. ... Waiver addition WR Isaiah McKenzie has 14 catches for 146 yards over past three games. ... Buffalo has topped 200 yards passing in its past three outings, its best run of season. Last time that happened was Tyrod Taylor’s five-game run from Nov. 23-Dec. 20, 2015. ... Bills have topped 100 yards rushing in five straight games, matching last season’s high. ... Bills have topped 300 yards of offense in five straight, their best run since five in row from Oct. 30-Dec. 4, 2016. ... In last six games, Bills’ opponents have combined for 15 touchdowns, two field goals and had one drive end on downs on 18 drives inside Buffalo’s 20. ... If Patriots beat Bills or Miami loses to Jacksonville, Patriots will become first franchise in NFL history to earn playoff berth in 10 consecutive seasons. ... Win or tie by New England or loss or tie by Miami will also give Patriots their 10th straight AFC East crown. ... QB Tom Brady owns 29-3 record against Bills. Brady’s 29 wins against Buffalo are most victories by quarterback against single opponent. Next: Brady’s 26 wins against Jets. ... Brady passed for 324 yards in last meeting with Buffalo. ... He has completed 153 of 220 for 1,837 yards with 12 passing TDs, two rushing TDs and six INTs (101.6 rating) in six home games in 2018. ... Brady needs 21 passing yards to join Peyton Manning (14) and Drew Brees (12) as quarterbacks with 10 different seasons of 4,000-plus passing yards. ... TE Rob Gronkowski has 12 TD catches in 14 career games against Bills. ... LB Kyle Van Noy had two sacks and forced fumble in last meeting. ... Fantasy tip: Brady has had his way with Buffalo in his 29 wins, throwing for 8,112 yards, 68 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.


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