- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2016

NEW ENGLAND (12-4) at ARIZONA (13-3)

Sunday, 8:30 p.m., EDT, NBC

OPENING LINE - Cardinals by 5

SERIES RECORD - Cardinals lead 7-6

LAST MEETING - Cardinals beat Patriots 20-18, Sept. 16, 2012

AP PRO32 RANKING - Cardinals No. 2, Patriots No. 5

PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (30), PASS (5)

PATRIOT DEFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (9), PASS (17)

CARDINALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (8), PASS (2)

CARDINALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (6), PASS (8)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Bill Belichick has best record of all NFL coaches in last 60 games (46-14), Arizona’s Bruce Arians is third (43-17). … Patriots have had winning record 15 straight seasons, won seven consecutive NFC East titles and played in six straight AFC championship games. … Stephen Gostkowski missed 42-yard FG with 1 second left in last meeting with Cardinals, 20-18 home loss in 2012. Loss was first in a home opener at Gillette Stadium. … Gostkowski has led NFL in scoring last four seasons. … Rob Gronkowski needs three TD catches to break franchise record for scoring receptions held by Stanley Morgan. All but two of Gronkowski’s 66 TD catches came from Tom Brady. … Gronkowski played for University of Arizona for two seasons, catching 16 TD passes in 22 games. … QB Jimmy Garoppolo is 20 for 31 in NFC career passing with one TD. He threw four passes last season, completing one for 6 yards. … In addition to not having suspended Brady (“Deflategate”), Patriots are without Rob Ninkovich, suspended four games for violating NFL substance abuse policy. …. Cardinals have won six consecutive home openers. … Cardinals led NFL in offense (408.4 yards per game) last season and were second in scoring (30.6). Patriots were third in scoring (29.1). … Arizona is 14-1 at home against nonconference foes under Arians. … Carson Palmer broke Cardinals franchise records last season in yards passing, TD passes and QB rating. … Former WR Roy Green will be inducted into Cardinals Ring of Honor at halftime Sunday. … Cardinals return every player who gained yard or scored point on offense in 2015. … Cardinals have sold out all 106 games at University of Phoenix Stadium since it opened in 2006. … Arizona has won 10 straight games in month of September. … Cardinals 5-0 in prime time games last season. … Fantasy Tip: All but two of Gronkowski’s 66 TD catches came from Brady, who, of course, is suspended.

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