Patriots-Bills pregame notes


Patriots-Bills pregame notes

Some quick hits prior to the New England-Buffalo game:

PATRIOTS VS. BILLSPatriots lead series, 61-40-1

HOME (32-19)
-- At Boston University: 2-1
-- At Fenway Park: 3-3
-- At Boston College: 1-0
-- At Harvard Stadium: 0-1
At Foxboro:
-- As Schaefer Stadium: 4-7
-- As Sullivan Stadium: 7-1
-- As Foxboro Stadium: 6-6
-- At Gillette Stadium: 9-0

ROAD (29-21-1)
-- At War Memorial Stadium: 7-6-1
At Orchard Park:
-- As Rich Stadium: 12-12
-- As Bills Stadium: 0-1
-- As Ralph Wilson Stadium: 10-2

The Patriots' 15-game winning streak against Buffalo is the third-longest by one team against an opponent in NFL history.

The Patriots current streak of 10 straight games with 30 or more points is second in NFL history to the 14 straight games by the St. Louis Rams (1999-2000). Following Sundays 35-21 win, the Patriots are now 63-2 when scoring 30 or more points under Bill Belichick.

Tom Brady needs to throw at least one touchdown pass in each of the next two games to break his own team record of 19 straight games with at least one touchdown pass.

If Wes Welker catches a pass today, he will set the Patriots' franchise record of consecutive games with a pass reception. He and Ben Coates are currently tied at 15.

With the win over San Diego last Sunday, the Patriots have now won 10 straight regular-season games, dating back to Nov. 14, 2010. Bill Belichick has become the second coach in NFL history with three separate 10-game win streaks, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Shula who had four 10-game win streaks. Belichicks Patriots won 21 consecutive games from 2006-08 and 18 consecutive games from 2003-04. Shula led the Baltimore Colts to 11 straight wins in 1964 and posted two 10-game win streaks with the Miami Dolphins (16 from 1971-73; 10 in 1973; 16 in 1983-84).

Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable


Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will head into Sunday's AFC title game with seven players listed as questionable, including three receivers. 

Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan have all been limited in practices this week due to their injuries. Amendola has been dealing with an ankle issue since a Week 13 win over the Rams, while Mitchell has not played since injuring his knee in Week 16 against the Jets. Hogan suffered a thigh injury against the Texans and left the game in the third quarter.

Both Hogan and Mitchell indicated this week that they were moving in the right direction in terms of their recoveries. One would think that the Patriots would need at least one, if not both, to help stress the back end of the Steelers secondary this weekend.

Hogan has been the team's most consistent down-the-field threat this season, averaging a whopping 17.9 yards per catch during the regular season. Against the Texans, before his injury, he reeled in four passes for 95 yards. 

Mitchell, meanwhile, had a very productive second half of his rookie season before he was hurt. He compiled 25 catches for 306 yards between Weeks 11 and 16, establishing himself as one of Tom Brady's go-to targets. 

The overall health of the Patriots receiving corps -- which will also include Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd -- will bear watching when the Patriots and Steelers kick off in two days.

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:


WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)


TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)