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Game Preview: New England hosts Washington

The New England Patriots continue their homestand hosting Washington this Sunday.

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Gillette Stadium (66,829)

The New England Patriots will begin the month of November with two straight games against NFC East opponents when they host Washington on Sunday followed by a road trip to face the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium the week after.

Since realignment in 2002, the Patriots are 43-10 (.811) vs. NFC teams, the best inter-conference record in the NFL during that time.

The Patriots begin the month with a 40-15 November record since 2001 for a .727 winning percentage, the best in the NFL during that time.

With a win on Sunday against Washington, the Patriots are guaranteed to finish the season with a record of .500 or better for the 15th consecutive year. Each of the other 31 NFL teams had at least one losing season between 2001 and 2014.



TELEVISION: This week's game will be broadcast by FOX and can be seen locally on WFXT Channel 25 in Boston. Kevin Burkhardt will handle play-by-play duties with John Lynch as the color analyst. Pam Oilver will work the sidelines. The game will be produced by Pete Macheska and directed by Artie Kempner.

NATIONAL RADIO: This week's game will be broadcast to a national audience on Sports USA Radio. Larry Kahn and Hank Bauer will call the game. Troy West 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.


The New England Patriots own a 43-10 (.811) vs. NFC teams since realignment in 2002, the best inter-conference record in the NFL during that time.


The New England Patriots and Washington will meet for the 10th time in team history and for only the second time at Gillette Stadium. Washington made their first regular-season visit to Gillette Stadium on Oct. 28, 2007, a game the Patriots won, 52-7.

While the regular-season visits have been infrequent, the Patriots and Washington have met in the preseason 21 times.

The two teams have met in the regular season nine times with Washington holding a 6-3 advantage. The Patriots earned their first-ever regular season win in Washington in the last meeting between the two teams when the Patriots beat Washington, 34-27, on Dec. 11, 2011.



  • Washington DL Chris Baker attended Windsor (Conn.) HS.
  • Washington assistant offensive line coach Shane Day served as quarterbacks coach at Connecticut from 2012-13.
  • Washington CB Will Blackmon is a native of Warwick, RI, and played in 48 games with 34 starts for Boston College, where he played cornerback for three years before switching to wide receiver.


  • Patriots head coach Bill Belichick attended Annapolis (Md.) HS and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame.
  • Patriots LB Jerod Mayo attended Kecoughtan HS in Hampton, Va., where he was a Prep Star All-American and 2003 Defensive Player of the Year in the Virginia Peninsula area.
  • Patriots DB Tavon Wilson attended H.D. Woodson HS in Washington D.C., where he was selected to the All-Metro first team and named District Player of the Year by the Washington Post.
  • Patriots defensive line coach Brendan Daly spent one season (2000) as a graduate assistant at Maryland.


  • Washington quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh was a second-round selection (50th overall) of the Patriots in the 1978 NFL Draft and spent five seasons with New England (1978-82).


  • Patriots S Patrick Chung (2013) and RB Dion Lewis (2012-13) played with Washington WR DeSean Jackson (2008-13), as teammates on the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013.
  • Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll served as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns in 2010, when Washington QB Colt McCoy was drafted by the team.
  • Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll (offensive coordinator, 2011), offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo (offensive line, 2009-11) and Washington wide receivers coach Ike Hilliard (assistant wide receivers coach, 2011) worked together on the Miami Dolphins offensive coaching staff.
  • Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll (quarterbacks) and Washington offensive line coach Bill Callahan (assistant head coach/offensive line) worked together on the New York Jets coaching staff in 2008.
  • Washington DL Chris Baker was signed by the Denver Broncos as a rookie free agent in 2009, when Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels served as head coach.
  • Patriots assistant special teams coach Ray Ventrone (2013-14) played with Washington CB Chris Culliver (2011-12,14) and TE Derek Carrier (2013-14) when he played safety for the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Patriots DL Alan Branch and Washington S Jeron Johnson were defensive teammates with the Seattle Seahawks from 2011-12.
  • Patriots LB Jonathan Bostic and Washington DE Stephen Paea were defensive teammates with the Chicago Bears from 2013-14.
  • Washington quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh crossed paths with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick in 1990, when Cavanaugh played quarterback for the New York Giants and Belichick served as defensive coordinator.
  • Patriots offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo and Washington quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh worked together in 2012 on the New York Jets offensive coaching staff.
  • Washington assistant strength and conditioning/skill development coach Joe Kim worked with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick from 1992-95 when he served as strength coach/pass rush specialist for the Cleveland Browns under Belichick, who was the head coach.
  • Washington tight ends coach Wes Phillips worked with Patriots TE Scott Chandler in 2010, when he served as quality control/offensive assistant for the Dallas Cowboys.


  • Washington CB Quinton Dunbar (2010-14) played with Patriots DL Dominique Easley (2010-13) and LB Jonathan Bostic (2009-12) when they were defensive teammates at Florida.
  • Washington K Dustin Hopkins (2009-12) and RB Chris Thompson (2009- 12) played with Patriots G Tre' Jackson (2011-14) and C Bryan Stork (2011- 13), when they were teammates at Florida State.
  • Patriots TE Michael Williams and LB Dont'a Hightower played at Alabama with Washington G Arie Kouandjio in 2011.
  • Patriots DB Jordan Richards, OL Cameron Fleming and Washington LB Trent Murphy were defensive teammates at Stanford from 2011-13.
  • Patriots DL Geneo Grissom and Washington P Tress Way were teammates at Oklahoma from 2011-12.
  • Patriots WR Brandon LaFell and Washington LB Perry Riley, Jr. were teammates at Louisiana State from 2006-09.

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