Patriots-Eagles Preview Capsule
NEW ENGLAND (8-1) at PHILADELPHIA (5-4)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE — Patriots by 3½
RECORD VS. SPREAD — New England 6-3, Philadelphia 4-5
SERIES RECORD — Philadelphia leads 8-6
LAST MEETING — Eagles beat Patriots 41-33, Feb. 4, 2018.
LAST WEEK — Patriots bye (lost to Ravens 37-20, Nov. 3), Eagles bye (beat Bears 22-14, Nov. 3)
AP PRO32 RANKING — Patriots No. 2, Eagles No. 12.
PATRIOTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (23), PASS (7).
PATRIOTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (1), RUSH (11), PASS (2)
EAGLES OFFENSE — OVERALL (20), RUSH (11), PASS (21.
EAGLES DEFENSE — OVERALL (8), RUSH (4), PASS (16).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Eagles beat Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl 52. Backup QB Nick Foles was MVP of game. ... Win guarantees Patriots winning record for 19th consecutive season (2001-2019). That would be most consecutive winning seasons since 1970 merger and second most all-time behind only Dallas with 20 straight winning seasons from 1966 to 1985. … Since 2002, Patriots are 44-8 in regular-season games following a loss. … New England ranks at or near top of NFL in several defensive categories. Patriots are allowing fewest points (10.9) and yards (249.3) per game; rank first in interceptions (19), second in passing yards allowed (150.2) and fourth in sacks (32). … Patriots have also held teams to NFL-low 18.9% (20 of 106) on third down and lead league with plus-17 turnover margin through Week 10. …. QB Tom Brady has six TDs and no INTs (115.9 rating) in two career road games against Eagles. … WR Mohamed Sanu coming off season-high 10 catches for 81 yards in Week 9 loss at Baltimore. … S Devin McCourty is tied for league lead with five INTs. … LB Jamie Collins leads team with six sacks. ... Eagles QB Carson Wentz makes first career start vs. Patriots. ... Wentz has seven TDs and no INTs for 100 rating in four home games. Has TD pass in 12 consecutive games, second-longest active streak in NFL. ... RB Jordan Howard has six rushing TDs in last seven games. ... RB Miles Sanders is only rookie in 2019 with 300-plus yards rushing and 300-plus yards receiving. ... TE Zach Ertz leads team with 527 yards receiving. Ertz caught go-ahead TD pass from Foles vs. Patriots in Super Bowl. ... Eagles 2-1 after bye under coach Doug Pederson. ... DE Brandon Graham has team-best six sacks, all coming in last five games. Graham had strip-sack on Brady to help seal Super Bowl win. ... Fantasy tip: Sanu against a suspect secondary that Brady carved up for 505 yards in the Super Bowl is a good bet.