- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

TENNESSEE (3-10) at NEW ENGLAND (11-2)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE - Patriots by 10 1-2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Titans 5-7-1, Patriots 6-5-2

SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 23-16-1

LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Titans 34-13, Sept. 9, 2012

LAST WEEK - Titans lost to Saints 24-17; Patriots beat Texans 27-6

AP PRO32 RANKING - Titans No. 31, Patriots No. 3





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Patriots have beaten Titans five straight, including 17-14 divisional playoff victory in January 2004. … Titans interim head coach Mike Mularkey is 0-5 vs. Patriots and Bill Belichick. … Patriots have outscored Titans 133-59 over past three games in series, including 59-0 victory in 2009. … Titans QB Marcus Mariota became first NFL player this season to pass for TD, run for TD and catch TD pass. He is first to score TDs of at least 40 yards passing, rushing and receiving in same season since Walter Payton in 1983. … Mariota needs TD pass to become 10th rookie in NFL history with at least 20 TD passes…. Eleven Titans have caught TD pass this season, most in franchise history. … LB Avery Williamson first player in Tennessee era to start career with 100 tackles or more in each of first two seasons. … Patriots are going for sixth straight 12-win season and 10th overall. That would tie Broncos for third most in NFL history. … QB Tom Brady is only offensive Patriot to start every game this season at same position. New England has four defensive starters who have done so: DLs Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones, DBs Malcolm Butler and Devin McCourty. … Patriots have at least one sack in every game. They have not done so over an entire season since 1979. … New England is 53-9 in December since 2001. It has not lost two games in same December since 2002. … Fantasy Tip: Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski have favorable matchup against Titans, but New England running backs are tougher call. Belichick could rely on Brandon Bolden or James White, or someone else entirely. WR Julian Edelman is questionable after missing several weeks with foot injury. For Titans, avoid Mariota against Patriots’ defense, but TE Delanie Walker has led Titans in either receptions or yards receiving every game since Week 3.


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