Game Notes: Patriots vs. Bills

Game Notes: Patriots vs. Bills
September 8, 2013, 10:45 am
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GAME TIME: 1 p.m. EST

TV NETWORK: CBS

TV ANNOUNCERS: Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf.

RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)

RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak

ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Patriots lead, 64-41-1.

LAST MEETING: Patriots 38, Bills 23 on Nov. 11, 2012 at Gillette Stadium.

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-- The Patriots have scored 30 or more points against Buffalo in six straight games. It is the longest such streak in team history. The longest streak in the NFL since the 1970 merger is eight straight 30-point games by Miami against the New York Jets (1986-89).

-- The Patriots have won 12 straight games against Buffalo at home, including a perfect 11-0 record at Gillette Stadium.

-- Tom Brady has led the Patriots to 20 regular-season victories over the Bills, his highest-regular season victory total over any opponent. Additionally, Brady has thrown for more touchdowns (51) against Buffalo than any other opponent. Brady also has more 300-yard games (7) against Buffalo than any other NFL team.

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR

-- With one touchdown pass against the Bills, Tom Brady will extend his streak to 49 straight games with at least one touchdown pass and continue his second-longest streak of all time, behind Drew Brees (54-current).

-- Brady (44,806) needs 194 yards passing against Buffalo to become just the ninth NFL player to reach 45,000 career passing yards.

-- Julian Edelman enters this week with a 13.1 punt-return average on 72 career returns. He needs three more punt returns to reach the NFL qualifying number (75) to statistically become the NFL’s all-time punt return leader. The NFL’s all-time leader is George McAfee with a 12.8-yard average.

-- Edelman needs one more punt return for a touchdown to set the team mark with his fourth punt retunred for a touchdown. He is tied with Irving Fryar and Troy Brown with three returns for a touchdown.

-- The Patriots have forced a turnover in 27 straight games dating back to 2011, and including all 16 regular-season games of 2012. The NFL record for most consecutive games with a turnover since the merger in 1970 is 71 by Philadelphia from 1985-90.

-- A win over Buffalo will increase the Patriots' Opening Day streak to 10 straight. The Patriots have won nine straight openers, the longest streak in the NFL. Baltimore is second with five straight Opening Day wins.