Pregame notes: Patriots vs. Browns

Pregame notes: Patriots vs. Browns
December 8, 2013, 10:30 am
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GAME TIME: 1 p.m. EST

TV NETWORK: CBS

TV ANNOUNCERS: Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker

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, 5-2 (series against new Browns franchise; games against old Browns franchise counted in series against Ravens)

LAST MEETING: Browns 34, Patriots 14 on Nov. 7, 2010 at Cleveland Browns Stadium

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-- The Patriots enter today's game at 9-3, their 13th consecutive winning season. They are the first team to win more than half their games in 13 straight seasons since free agency began in 1993, and the third team to win more than half their games in 13 straight seasons since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, joining the 49ers (16 straight from 1983-98) and the Cowboys (16 straight from 1970-85).

-- If the Patriots win one more game between now and the end of the regular season, they will have 10 or more wins for 11 straight years.

-- The Patriots enter today's game with a record of 46-6 in December games since 2001, and are 22-2 at home in December since Gillette Stadium opened in 2002.

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR

-- The Patriots can clinch a playoff berth with a victory and a Ravens loss or tie, and can clinch the AFC East title with a victory and a Dolphins loss.

-- Tom Brady (19) needs one touchdown pass to throw for 20 touchdowns in a season for the 11th time in his career.

-- Aaron Dobson (35) needs nine receptions to move past Deion Branch (43 in 2002) for the most receptions by a rookie receiver for the Patriots in the Bill Belichick era. Dobson’s 492 yards are the most by a rookie receiver under Belichick.

-- Stephen Gostkowski (28) needs two more field goals for his second season with 30 or more field goals. He set a franchise record with 36 field goals in 2008.

-- Gostkowski (198) needs two more field goals to become the second Patriots player to reach 200 field goals. Adam Vinatieri has 262 career field goals.

-- Rob Gronkowski (42) needs one more touchdown reception to move past Gino Cappelletti for sole possession of fourth place on the team’s all-time list, behind the 67 by Stanley Morgan and 50 by Ben Coates and Randy Moss.