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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (6-1) at BUFFALO BILLS (4-3)
Sunday, Oct 30, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. ET. New Era Field (71,870)

The New England Patriots improved to 6-1 with a 27-16 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last week and will be on the road for the second straight week when they travel to Buffalo to face the Bills. The Patriots will attempt to avenge a 16-0 shutout loss to Buffalo in the first meeting of the season on Oct. 2 at Gillette Stadium and avoid a season sweep. New England has not been swept by a division opponent in 15 seasons, the longest such streak since the 1970 NFL merger. The LA Rams (1970-80) and Dallas Cowboys (1971-81) previously held the mark with 11 consecutive seasons without being swept.

QB Tom Brady has a 25-3 record against Buffalo. He has more wins against the Bills than another team and his 25 wins are the second most by a quarterback against an opponent.

BRADY BEATS BUFFALO

Tom Brady owns a 25-3 record against the Buffalo Bills. He has more wins against Buffalo than any other NFL team. The New York Jets are second with 21 wins on Brady's list. Brady's 25 wins against Buffalo are the second most wins by a quarterback against an opponent.

MOST WINS BY A STARTING QUARTERBACK AGAINST AN OPPONENT

Brett Favre, 26 wins against Detroit
Tom Brady, 25 wins against Buffalo
Brett Favre, 23 wins against Chicago
Dan Marino, 22 wins against Indianapolis

SERIES HISTORY

The Patriots and Bills will meet for the 114th time and for the second of two meetings in 2016. Buffalo beat the Patriots 16-0 in the first meeting of the season, shutting out the Patriots for the first time at Gillette stadium on Oct. 2, 2016.It is the first time the Patriots and Bills will play each of the two annual games in the same month since the 1998 season.

The Patriots have gone 15 straight seasons without being swept by a division opponent and will attempt to keep the streak alive with a victory this Sunday.

New England holds a 69-43-1 edge in the series. The Patriots swept the series last season for the 24th time with a 40-32 win at Buffalo on Sept 20, 2015 and a 20-13 win at Gillette Stadium on Nov. 23, 2015.

New England' has swept the series 24 times. The Patriots have won 28 of the last 33 games between the clubs, dating back to the 2000 season.

The series between the AFC East rivals began in 1960. The Patriots' 69 wins over the Bills are their highest victory total over any opponent, ten 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.

SERIES BREAKDOWN

NEW ENGLAND 69, BUFFALO 43 (1 TIE)
(Including New England1, Buffalo 0 in Playoffs)

Home Record, 36-21
Record in Foxborough, 30-16
Foxboro Stadium, 17-14
Gillette Stadium, 13-2
Record in Boston, 6-5

Away 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, 28-6 (28-5 with N.E) *

Rex Ryan* vs. NE, 4-11 RS (1-0 in the PS) *

Patriots - Bills Quick Hits

  • The Patriots have recorded 69 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 74-28 (.725) all-time regular season record against the AFC East as head coach of the Patriots.

TALE OF THE TAPE

<table border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" style="width:100%;"><tbody><tr><td>2016 REGULAR SEASON</td><td>NEW ENGLAND</td><td>BUFFALO</td></tr><tr><td>Record</td><td>6-1</td><td>4-3</td></tr><tr><td>Divisional Standings</td><td>1st</td><td>2nd</td></tr><tr><td>Total Yards Gained</td><td>2,685</td><td>2,292</td></tr><tr><td>Total Offense (Rank)</td><td>383.6 (7)</td><td>327.4 (26)</td></tr><tr><td>Rush Offense</td><td>122.7 (6)</td><td>152.3 (2)</td></tr><tr><td>Pass Offense</td><td>260.9 (10)</td><td>175.1 (31)</td></tr><tr><td>Points Per Game</td><td>25.1 (10)</td><td>26.7 (6)</td></tr><tr><td>Total Yards Allowed</td><td>2,457</td><td>2,525</td></tr><tr><td>Total Defense (Rank)</td><td>351.0 (14)</td><td>360.7 (18)</td></tr><tr><td>Rush Defense</td><td>92.3 (11)</td><td>125.0 (27)</td></tr><tr><td>Pass Defense</td><td>258.7 (20)</td><td>235.7 (11)</td></tr><tr><td>Points Allowed/Game</td><td>15.3 (4)</td><td>18.7 (8)</td></tr><tr><td>Possession Avg.</td><td>30:28</td><td>27:32</td></tr><tr><td>Sacks Allowed/Yards Lost</td><td>12/74</td><td>17/81</td></tr><tr><td>Sacks Made/Yards</td><td>11/73</td><td>21/136</td></tr><tr><td>Total Touchdowns Scored</td><td>21</td><td>23</td></tr><tr><td>Penalties Against/Yards</td><td>42/379</td><td>49/459</td></tr><tr><td>Punts/Avg.</td><td>32/43.9</td><td>35/43.3</td></tr><tr><td>Turnover Differential</td><td>+3 (9t)</td><td>+8 (2t)</td></tr></tbody></table>

PASSING PERFORMANCES

Tom Brady has led the Patriots to 25 regular season victories over the Bills, recording his highest regular season victory total over any opponent. Additionally, Brady has thrown for more touchdowns (62) against Buffalo than any other opponent. He has 49 touchdowns against the Dolphins and 39 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.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

TELEVISION: This week's game will be broadcast by CBS and can be seen locally on *WBZ-TV Channel *4 in Boston. Ian Eagle will handle play-by-play duties with Dan Fouts as the color analyst. Evan Washburn will work the sidelines. The game will be produced by Mark Wolff and directed by Bob Fishman.

NATIONAL RADIO: This week's game will be broadcast to a national audience on Sports USA. Larry Kahn and Mark Carrier 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.

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