NEW ENGLAND (13-5) At Buffalo (6-10)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE — Patriots by 6-1/2
2012 RECORD VS. SPREAD — New England 10-8; Buffalo 7-9
SERIES RECORD — Patriots lead 64-41-1
AP PRO32 RANKING — Patriots No. 5; Bills No. 29
LAST MEETING — Patriots beat Bills 37-31, Nov. 1, 2012
PATRIOTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (1), RUSH (7), PASS (4)
PATRIOTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (25), RUSH (9), PASS (29)
BILLS OFFENSE — OVERALL (19), RUSH (6), PASS (25)
BILLS DEFENSE — OVERALL (22), RUSH (31), PASS (10)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES —
The Patriots have owned the Bills since Bill Belichick took
over as New England's coach in 2000. Over that span, the Patriots are
23-3 against AFC East rival, and 18-1 in past 19.
In season openers, the teams are 4-4 against one another,
with New England winning past two.
The Patriots have won nine consecutive openers since a 31-0
loss at Buffalo in 2003. The winning streak is tied with Chicago
(1984-1992) for NFL's fifth-longest, and one shy of Portsmouth/Detroit
The Patriots have scored 30-plus points in each of their
past six against Buffalo.
Tom Brady has 20-2 record with 51 touchdowns and 17
interceptions against Bills.
Brady needs one TD pass to extend streak to 49 games, which
is second in NFL behind Drew Brees, who has active streak of 54
straight. With 334 career TDs, Brady fifth on NFL list, ahead of Brees
The Patriots have won 10 straight against AFC East teams,
dating to 34-31 loss at Buffalo in 2011.
With 205 career wins, Belichick tied with Marty
Schottenheimer for sixth among NFL coaches, and four shy of Chuck Noll.
Patriots unveil new group of receivers, headed by newcomer
Danny Amendola, after parting ways with Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd and
tight end Aaron Hernandez this offseason.
S Devin McCourty has four interceptions in past three games
Bills 21-32 in season openers, having lost 13 of past 19.
Bills first-round draft pick E.J. Manuel will become first
rookie QB directly out of college to start for Buffalo since Joe Ferguson in 1973.
Manuel becomes ninth Bills QB to start against New England
since 2000. Of those nine, Doug Flutie has best winning percentage
(1-1), followed by Drew Bledsoe (1-5) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (1-6). The
others did not win: J.P. Losman (0-5), Trent Edwards (0-3) and Rob Johnson, Alex Van Pelt and Kelly Holcomb all 0-1.
RB C.J. Spiller coming off breakout season in which he
finished second in NFL averaging 6.009 yards a carry. Adrian Peterson
was first (6.025 yards).
Rookie head coach Doug Marrone makes NFL debut after being
hired out of Syracuse in January to replace Chan Gailey. ... PK Dan Carpenter signed on Tuesday to play in place of rookie Dustin Hopkins,
who hurt groin in practice Monday.