- Associated Press - Thursday, September 28, 2017

CAROLINA (2-1) at NEW ENGLAND (2-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox

OPENING LINE - Patriots by 9

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Carolina 1-2, New England 1-2

SERIES RECORD - Tied 3-3

LAST MEETING - Panthers beat Patriots 24-20, Nov. 18, 2013

LAST WEEK - Panthers lost to Saints 34-13; Patriots beat Texans 36-33

AP PRO32 RANKING - Panthers No. 17, Patriots No. 3

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (13), PASS (30).

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (15), PASS (3).

PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (16), PASS (1).

PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (26), PASS (32).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Teams meeting for first time in regular-season game at Gillette Stadium since 2009; Patriots beat Panthers on field goal in closing seconds of 2004 Super Bowl to capture franchise’s second championship. … Three of six games between Panthers and Patriots have been decided by seven or fewer points. … Panthers QB Cam Newton passed for 209 yards and three TDs in last meeting. … RB Jonathan Stewart has 6,800 career rushing yards and needs 47 to become team’s all-time leader. … Stewart has three TDs in past three games vs. AFC. … Rookie RB Christian McCaffrey led team with nine receptions for 101 yards last week. He ranks first among NFL rookies with 173 receiving yards, and is second in catches (18). … At age 37, LB Julius Peppers leads team with 2 1/2 sacks. Peppers ranks fifth in NFL history with 146 career sacks. .. LB Luke Kuechly had 12 tackles in last meeting. … S Kurt Coleman led team with nine tackles last week. … Patriots have 49-12 record vs. NFC teams since realignment in 2002, which is best inter-conference record in NFL during that time. … With 185 career regular-season victories as starting quarterback, Tom Brady is one win from tying Brett Favre and Peyton Manning (186) for most regular-season wins in NFL history. … RB Mike Gillislee is tied for NFL lead with four rushing TDs. … TE Rob Gronkowski has 14 catches for 205 yards and two TDs in past two games. … LB Kyle Van Noy led team with 11 tackles last week against Saints. … Fantasy Tip: Newton has struggled in Carolina’s first three games, but could be due for big game against Patriots’ defense that gives up league-high 461 yards per game and allows league-high 331 passing yards per game.

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