Pregame notes: Patriots vs. Bucs

Pregame notes: Patriots vs. Bucs
September 22, 2013, 11:15 am
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GAME TIME: 1 p.m. EST

TV NETWORK: FOX

TV ANNOUNCERS: Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Erin Andrews

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

LAST MEETING: Patriots 35, Buccaneers 7 on Oct. 25, 2009 at Wembley Stadium, London

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-- Tom Brady is 34-9 all-time against NFC teams as a starter. Three of those losses occurred last season when the Patriots finished 1-3 against the NFC West, losing to the Cardinals, Seahawks and 49ers.

-- The Patriots have 227 wins overall since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994, which are more victories than the Pats recorded under all previous owners combined. Under Kraft, the Patriots are 227-110 overall. Kraft’s predecessors in the owner’s office went 225-276-9 in the 34 years prior to his purchase of the team.

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR

-- With one touchdown pass against the Bucs, Tom Brady will extend his streak to 51 straight games with at least one touchdown pass and continue his second-longest streak of all time, behind Drew Brees (54-current).

-- Brady needs three more touchdown passes to become the fifth NFL player with at least 340 career touchdown passes.

-- Julian Edelman enters this week with a 12.9 punt-return average, the highest punt-return average in NFL history. He is one of seven players with a punt-return average of 12.0 or higher.

-- Edelman needs one more punt return for a touchdown to set the team mark with his fourth punt returned 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 29 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.