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Game Preview: New England Patriots host Buffalo Bills

PATRIOTS-BILLS QUICK HITS

  • The Patriots have recorded 68 wins over the Bills, the most by the Patriots against any one opponent. The Jets are second with 59 wins.
  • The Buffalo Bills snapped a streak of 13 straight home wins by the Patriots, including 12 straight wins by the Patriots at Gillette Stadium, with their 17-9 win in the 2014 season-finale on Dec. 28, 2014.
  • Bill Belichick has a 72-25 (.742) all-time regular season record against the AFC East as head coach of the Patriots.

PASSING PERFORMANCES

Tom Brady has led the Patriots to 24 regular-season victories over the Bills, recording his highest regular season victory total over any opponent. Additionally, Brady has thrown for more touchdowns (61) against Buffalo than any other opponent. He has 49 touchdowns against the Dolphins and 38 against the Jets. Brady also has more 300-yard games (9) against Buffalo than any other NFL team. He has seven 300-yard games against Miami.

CONNECTIONS

NEW ENGLAND TIES

  • Bills CB Corey Graham attended New Hampshire from 2003-06, starting all 42 games and recording 302 tackles, 12 INTs, 31 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He also holds the New Hampshire school record with 1,787 kickoff return yards on 65 returns and three touchdowns.
  • Bills WR Marcus Easley attended Bunnell HS in Stratford, Conn., and won a pair of state playoff berths in his final two seasons before playing collegiately at the University of Connecticut, where he finished his career with 53 catches for 997 yards and eight touchdowns.
  • Bills TE Matthew Mulligan grew up in Enfield, Maine, and attended the University of Maine in 2006-07 after transferring from Husson College.

Taking a look at some of the connections between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills. 

BUFFALO TIES

  • Patriots TE Rob Gronkowskiattended Williamsville HS just outside Buffalo, N.Y., for three years, earning first-team All-Western New York honors and second-team all-state as a junior in 2005.
  • Patriots DE Chandler Joneswas born in Rochester, N.Y., and attended Union-Endicott HS in Endicott, N.Y., where he was a 2007 SuperPrep All-Northeast and PrepStar All-East Region selection. He went on to play collegiately at Syracuse University, where he was an All-Big East selection as a junior in 2011 after posting 39 tackles and 41 1/2 sacks.
  • Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia attended Vernon-Verona- Sherrill HS in Sherrill, N.Y., before going on to serve as a graduate assistant at Syracuse from 2001-03.
  • Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll is a Buffalo, N.Y., native who attended St. Francis HS before playing collegiately at the University of Rochester. As a senior safety in 1997, Daboll once recorded three interceptions in a game.
  • Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears coached the wide receivers at Syracuse from 1980-90.

FORMER PATRIOTS

  • Bills TE Matthew Mulligan played in 15 games with four starts for the Patriots in 2013.

FORMER BILLS

  • Patriots DL Alan Branch played all 16 games with 13 starts for the Bills in 2013.
  • Patriots TE Scott Chandler spent four full seasons (2011-14) with the Bills. Last year, Chandler posted a career-high 105 receiving yards against the Patriots (10/12/14), marking the first 100-yard performance of his career.

FORMER NFL TEAMMATES

  • Patriots RB Dion Lewis and Bills RB LeSean McCoy shared a backfield in Philadelphia when they were offensive teammates for the Eagles in 2012-13.
  • Bills TE Charles Clay was tutored by Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll in 2011, when Daboll served as offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins.
  • Patriots WR Danny Amendola and Bills OL Richie Incognito were offensive teammates in 2009 when they played for the St. Louis Rams.
  • Patriots offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo worked under Bills head coach Rex Ryan when both coaches held the same roles with the New York Jets in 2012.

FORMER COLLEGE TEAMMATES

  • Patriots C David Andrews and Bills T Cordy Glenn played on the offensive line together at Georgia in 2011.
  • Patriots TE Michael Williams and Bills T Cyrus Kouandijo were offensive teammates at Alabama, where they helped the Crimson Tide capture a BCS National Championship in 2013.
  • Patriots DB Jordan Richards and Bills LB AJ Tarpley were defensive teammates for all four years at Stanford (2011-14).
  • Patriots C Bryan Stork (2011-13) and G Tre' Jackson (2011-14) blocked for Bills QBEJ Manuel(2009-12) at Florida State.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-0) vs. BUFFALO BILLS (5-4)
Monday Nov. 23, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. ET. Gillette Stadium (66,829)

The New England Patriots improved to 9-0 with last week's win at the New York Giants and secured a winning record for the 15th consecutive season, joining San Francisco (16) and Dallas (16) as the only teams with a streak of 15 straight winning seasons since the 1970 NFL merger.

The Patriots will begin a two-game set of nationally televised games when they host the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football. It will be the second meeting of the two teams this season. On Sept. 20, the Patriots beat the Bills, 40-32, at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The week after the Buffalo game, the Patriots will travel to Denver to face the Broncos in a Sunday Night Football game.

The Patriots are an NFL-best 42-15 in the month of November since 2001 for a .737 winning percentage. Also, the Patriots own a 70-19 (.787) record in the regular season against AFC East opponents, the best intra-division record of any team in the NFL since 2001. The Patriots are 3-0 in the AFC East in 2015.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

TELEVISION:This week's game will be broadcast by ESPN and can be seen locally on WCVB-TV Channel 5 in Boston. Mike Tirico will handle play-by-play duties with John Gruden as the color analyst. Lisa Salters will work the sidelines. The game will be produced by Jay Rothmanand directed by Chip Dean.

NATIONAL RADIO:This week's game will be broadcast to a national audience on Westwood One Sports. Kevin Harlan and Boomer Esiason will call the game. Steve Tasker will work the sidelines.

LOCAL RADIO: 98.5 FM, The Sports Hub, is the flagship station for the Patriots Radio Network. Play-by-play broadcaster Bob Socci will call the action along with former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak, who will provide color analysis. Produced by Marc Cappello.

BETTER THAN AVERAGE

The New England Patriots can reach double-digit wins for for the 13th consecutive season with a win vs. Buffalo on Monday Night Football. San Francisco (16) is the only other team to accomplish the feat.

Check out the best images from the Patriots Week 2 game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday, September 20, 2015.

SERIES HISTORY

The Patriots and Bills will meet for the 112th time and for the second of two 2015 meetings. The Patriots traveled to Buffalo on Sept. 20 and walked away with a 40-32 victory.

New England holds a 68-42-1 edge in the series. The teams split the season series last year with Buffalo winning at Gillette Stadium for the first time in 13 tries.

New England has swept the series 23 times. The Patriots have won 27 of the last 31 games between the clubs, dating back to the 2000 season.

The Patriots are 35-20 all-time in home games against Buffalo, including 12-1 at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots are 32-22-1 all-time at Buffalo, including 26-16 at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The series between the AFC East rivals began in 1960. The Patriots' 68 wins over the Bills are their highest victory total over any opponent, nine more than they own over the New York Jets (59).

After seven straight series sweeps and 15 straight Patriots wins, Buffalo ended the streak with a 34-31 victory at Ralph Wilson Stadium in the first meeting of the two teams in 2011 on Sept. 25. The 15-game win streak is the third longest winning streak over a single opponent in NFL history. The Patriots avenged that loss in the 2011 regular season finale on Jan. 1, 2012 by overcoming a 21-0 first quarter deficit and scoring 49 unanswered points en route to a 49-21 victory.

The teams have had many memorable matchups over the years, including a five-game span from 1999 to 2001 where four of the five contests were decided in overtime.

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SERIES BREAKDOWN

Home Record, 35-20
Record in Foxborough, 29-15
Foxboro Stadium, 17-14
Gillette Stadium, 12-1
Record in Boston, 6-5

Road Record, 33-22-1
War Memorial Stadium, 7-6-1
Ralph Wilson/Rich Stadium, 26-16

Largest Margin of Victory, 46 points (2007)

Largest Margin of Defeat, 35 points (1970)

Longest Win Streak, 15 games (2003-2010)

Bill Belichick vs. Buffalo Bills, 27-5 (27-4 with NE)

Rex Ryan vs. NE, 3-10 RS (1-0 in the PS)

The New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills rekindle their rivalry on Monday, marking the third time the AFC East foes have met on Monday Night Football. Here's a look at some memorable moments in recent years between the two teams.

PATRIOTS-BILLS QUICK HITS

  • The Patriots have recorded 68 wins over the Bills, the most by the Patriots against any one opponent. The Jets are second with 59 wins.
  • The Buffalo Bills snapped a streak of 13 straight home wins by the Patriots, including 12 straight wins by the Patriots at Gillette Stadium, with their 17-9 win in the 2014 season-finale on Dec. 28, 2014.
  • Bill Belichick has a 72-25 (.742) all-time regular season record against the AFC East as head coach of the Patriots.

PASSING PERFORMANCES

Tom Brady has led the Patriots to 24 regular-season victories over the Bills, recording his highest regular season victory total over any opponent. Additionally, Brady has thrown for more touchdowns (61) against Buffalo than any other opponent. He has 49 touchdowns against the Dolphins and 38 against the Jets. Brady also has more 300-yard games (9) against Buffalo than any other NFL team. He has seven 300-yard games against Miami.

CONNECTIONS

NEW ENGLAND TIES

  • Bills CB Corey Graham attended New Hampshire from 2003-06, starting all 42 games and recording 302 tackles, 12 INTs, 31 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He also holds the New Hampshire school record with 1,787 kickoff return yards on 65 returns and three touchdowns.
  • Bills WR Marcus Easley attended Bunnell HS in Stratford, Conn., and won a pair of state playoff berths in his final two seasons before playing collegiately at the University of Connecticut, where he finished his career with 53 catches for 997 yards and eight touchdowns.
  • Bills TE Matthew Mulligan grew up in Enfield, Maine, and attended the University of Maine in 2006-07 after transferring from Husson College.

Taking a look at some of the connections between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills. 

BUFFALO TIES

  • Patriots TE Rob Gronkowskiattended Williamsville HS just outside Buffalo, N.Y., for three years, earning first-team All-Western New York honors and second-team all-state as a junior in 2005.
  • Patriots DE Chandler Joneswas born in Rochester, N.Y., and attended Union-Endicott HS in Endicott, N.Y., where he was a 2007 SuperPrep All-Northeast and PrepStar All-East Region selection. He went on to play collegiately at Syracuse University, where he was an All-Big East selection as a junior in 2011 after posting 39 tackles and 41 1/2 sacks.
  • Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia attended Vernon-Verona- Sherrill HS in Sherrill, N.Y., before going on to serve as a graduate assistant at Syracuse from 2001-03.
  • Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll is a Buffalo, N.Y., native who attended St. Francis HS before playing collegiately at the University of Rochester. As a senior safety in 1997, Daboll once recorded three interceptions in a game.
  • Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears coached the wide receivers at Syracuse from 1980-90.

FORMER PATRIOTS

  • Bills TE Matthew Mulligan played in 15 games with four starts for the Patriots in 2013.

FORMER BILLS

  • Patriots DL Alan Branch played all 16 games with 13 starts for the Bills in 2013.
  • Patriots TE Scott Chandler spent four full seasons (2011-14) with the Bills. Last year, Chandler posted a career-high 105 receiving yards against the Patriots (10/12/14), marking the first 100-yard performance of his career.

FORMER NFL TEAMMATES

  • Patriots RB Dion Lewis and Bills RB LeSean McCoy shared a backfield in Philadelphia when they were offensive teammates for the Eagles in 2012-13.
  • Bills TE Charles Clay was tutored by Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll in 2011, when Daboll served as offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins.
  • Patriots WR Danny Amendola and Bills OL Richie Incognito were offensive teammates in 2009 when they played for the St. Louis Rams.
  • Patriots offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo worked under Bills head coach Rex Ryan when both coaches held the same roles with the New York Jets in 2012.

FORMER COLLEGE TEAMMATES

  • Patriots C David Andrews and Bills T Cordy Glenn played on the offensive line together at Georgia in 2011.
  • Patriots TE Michael Williams and Bills T Cyrus Kouandijo were offensive teammates at Alabama, where they helped the Crimson Tide capture a BCS National Championship in 2013.
  • Patriots DB Jordan Richards and Bills LB AJ Tarpley were defensive teammates for all four years at Stanford (2011-14).
  • Patriots C Bryan Stork (2011-13) and G Tre' Jackson (2011-14) blocked for Bills QBEJ Manuel(2009-12) at Florida State.

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