- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

NEW ENGLAND (6-1) at BUFFALO (4-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS

OPENING LINE - Patriots by 6

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Patriots 6-1, Bills 4-3

SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 69-43-1

LAST MEETING - Bills beat Patriots 16-0, Oct. 2

LAST WEEK - Patriots beat Steelers 27-16; Bills lost to Dolphins, 28-25

AP PRO32 RANKING - Patriots No. 1, Bills No. 15





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Patriots QB Tom Brady is 25-3 against Buffalo, and faces Bills for first time this season after sitting out previous meeting while serving four-game “Deflategate” suspension. … Brady’s 25 victories over Bills are one short of matching NFL record for most wins by QB against one opponent. Brett Favre had 26 against Detroit. … TE Rob Gronkowski, who is from Buffalo, is tied with Stanley Morgan for most career touchdowns receiving (67) and career TDs (68) in team history. … RB LeGarrette Blount scored twice against Pittsburgh and now has single-season career-best eight TDs. … Patriots have yet to throw interception in seven games, team’s best stretch since eight-game streak in 2010. NFL record for most games to start season without throwing interception is nine, set by Cleveland in 1960. … Patriots have not been swept by AFC East opponent in 15 seasons, longest streak since 1970 merger. … New England enters its bye week after playing Buffalo. … Bills had four-game winning streak snapped in loss at Dolphins. … Buffalo has chance to have winning record through eight games for only fifth time since NFL’s longest active playoff drought began in 2000. … RB LeSean McCoy’s status is uncertain after aggravating left hamstring injury against Miami. … Bills have topped 30 minutes in time of possession just twice this season. … LB Lorenzo Alexander has NFL-leading nine sacks, matching number he had in first nine seasons. … Buffalo’s 21 sacks match last season’s total. … DT Marcell Dareus has chance to make season debut. Dareus missed past three games with hamstring injury and sat out first four serving NFL suspension for violating league’s substance abuse policy. … Fantasy Tip: Gronkowski is healthy and has re-established his chemistry with Brady with 16 catches for 364 yards and two touchdowns in past 10 games. He has 47 catches for 704 yards and 10 TDs in 10 games against Buffalo.


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