Bills-Patriots Preview Capsule
BUFFALO (10-4) at NEW ENGLAND (11-3)
Saturday, 4:30 p.m. EST, NFL Network
OPENING LINE – Patriots by 7
RECORD VS. SPREAD – Bills 9-4-1, Patriots 8-6
SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead 75-43-1
LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Bills 16-10, Sept. 29
LAST WEEK - Bills beat Steelers 17-10; Patriots beat Bengals 34-13
AP PRO32 RANKING - Bills No. 9, Patriots No. 7
BILLS OFFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (5), PASS (28).
BILLS DEFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (10), PASS (3).
PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (19), PASS (9).
PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (7), PASS (2).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Bills and Patriots enter Week 16 having both clinched playoff berths. ... With win or tie, Patriots can clinch AFC East title for 11th consecutive season. With win and Chiefs loss or tie, or tie and Chiefs loss, Patriots also can clinch first-round bye in playoffs. ... Patriots have won past six meetings with Bills. ... New England looking for 27th series sweep of Buffalo overall and 15th since Bill Belichick became coach in 2000. ... Patriots have won 34 of last 39 games between clubs dating back to 2000. ... Patriots’ 75 wins over Bills are their most against any opponent. ... Bills have not beaten Patriots in five games under coach Sean McDermott. ... With win Bills would reach 11 victories for first time since 1999. ... At 6-1, Bills have matched team record for most road wins, set three previous times: 1993, ’91 and ‘64. ... QB Josh Allen has nine rushing touchdowns, most among QBs in 2019. ... Allen has touchdown to interception ratio of 8:0 in fourth quarter this season, best mark in NFL. He is only QB in league with at least 50 fourth-quarter pass attempts and no INTs. ... Allen has taken Bills to victory five times with Buffalo tied or trailing in fourth quarter this season. ... With 1,007 yards receiving, WR John Brown is Buffalo’s first to reach 1,000 yards receiving since Sammy Watkins had 1,047 in 2015. Brown’s 71 catches are most since Stevie Johnson’s 79 in 2012. ... RB Frank Gore had 17 carries for 109 yards for Bills in Week 4 matchup with Patriots. ... Rookie RB Devin Singletary, who sat out Week 4 loss with hamstring injury, has 100 or more scrimmage yards in three of his past four games. He ranks second among rookies with 729 yards rushing in 2019. ... Win would give Patriots their 13th 12-win season since 1970 merger, tying San Francisco 49ers for most 12-win seasons over that span. ... Patriots have not allowed 300-yard passer in 23 straight regular-season games dating back to Week 8 of 2018. That is longest active streak in NFL. ... Patriots have scored 372 points in 2019. With 28 or more Patriots will reach 400-point threshold for 13th consecutive year, extending their NFL record. ... Patriots have blocked franchise-record four punts in 2019. With two more they would tie 1990 Kansas City Chiefs for most in single season in NFL history with six. ... With one defensive score Patriots will tie franchise record for season (six). ... Patriots defense is first in NFL with 36 takeaways (25 INTs, 11 fumble recoveries) and first in league with plus-24 turnover margin. ... Patriots are tied for eighth in NFL with 41 sacks. Most sacks for Patriots under Belichick are 49 in 2015. ... Patriots have allowed league-low 16 total touchdowns (six rushing, 10 passing ) and 181 total points (12.9 points per game). Since NFL moved to 16-game schedule in 1978, only seven teams have allowed fewer than 200 points in season. Fewest points allowed by Patriots in 16-game season is 237 in 2006. ... New England has held teams to league-low 40 for 172 (23.3%) on third downs. Fewest third downs converted in 16-game season is 49 by 1991 New Orleans Saints. ... Tom Brady owns 31-3 record against Bills. Those are most wins by quarterback against single opponent in NFL history. ... Brady has not lost at home to Bills in game he’s started and finished (15-0). ... Entering Week 16, Brady’s 538 regular-season TD passes are third all time, behind Saints’ Drew Brees (541) and Peyton Manning (539). ... WR Julian Edelman needs eight receptions to reach 100 for second time in career. Wes Welker (five) and Troy Brown (1) are only other receivers with 100-reception seasons in franchise history. ... CB Stephon Gilmore is tied for NFL lead with six INTs. CB J.C. Jackson and S Devin McCourty each have five. ... Fantasy tip: Brady has thrown more TD passes (69) and has more 300-yard passing games (11) against Buffalo than he does against any other opponent.
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