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Bills at Patriots Week 17 Capsule

STREAKS   20 of past 22
COACHES VS. OPP. Gailey: 1-3 Belichick: 20-4
LAST WEEK W 40-14 vs. Broncos W 27-24 vs. Dolphins
LAST GAME 9/25/11: Patriots 31 at Bills 34. Buffalo defense forces 4 INTs as Bills overcome 21-point deficit, scoring 17 points in 4th quarter to defeat New England.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/26/10: Patriots 38, Bills 30. New England QB Tom Brady passes for 252 yards & 3 TDs, including 2 to WR Randy Moss (7, 35), as Patriots improve to 2-1.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Don Criqui, Randy Cross. SIRIUS: 134 (Buf.), 93 (NE).  XM: 226 (NE).



PASSING Fitzpatrick: 324-523-3,525-22-19-80.7 Brady: 378-576-4,897 (1C)-36 (1C)-11-105.1 (1C)
RUSHING Jackson: 170-934-5.5-6 Green-Ellis: 174-645-3.7-9
RECEIVING St. Johnson: 72-964-13.4-6 Welker: 116 (1L)-1,518 (1L)-13.1-9 (T2C)
OFFENSE 348.1 424.5 (1C)
TAKE/GIVE +4 (3C) +14 (1C)
DEFENSE 364.4 412.1
SACKS Dareus (R): 5.5 Anderson: 9
INTs Wilson: 4 Arrington: 7 (T1L)
PUNTING Moorman: 48.5 (3C) Mesko: 46.4
KICKING Rayner: 43 (13/13 PAT; 10/15 FG) Gostkowski: 132 (1C) (54/54 PAT; 26/31 FG)


BILLS:  QB RYAN FITZPATRICK (3,525) needs 175 passing yards to join DREW BLEDSOE (4,359 in ’02) & HOFer JIM KELLY (3,844 in ’91) as only Bills QBs to reach 3,700 in season. Had 369 passing yards in last game vs. NE, 2nd-most in NFL career…RB C.J. SPILLER posted 1st 100-yard rushing game (111) last week. Spiller is averaging 6.1 yards per carry in past 4 in Dec. Has 3 rush TDs in past 4. WR STEVIE JOHNSON (964) needs 36 rec. yards to reach 1,000 for 2nd consecutive season (1,073 in ’10).  WR DAVID NELSON had career-high 84 rec. yards in last game vs. Patriots…TE SCOTT CHANDLER (6) needs TD rec. to surpass PETE METZELAARS (6 in ’92) & JAY RIEMERSMA (6 in ’98) for most TD catches by TE in season in Bills history…Defense registered 4 INTs in last game vs. NE…Bills tied team record with 3 return TDs last week – PR-TD by LEODIS MCKELVIN & INT-TD returns by JAIRUS BYRD & SPENCER JOHNSONLB CHRIS KELSAY has 3 sacks in past 2…PATRIOTS:  Aim for 11th straight win against Bills at home…NE averages AFC-best 30.9 points per game…QB TOM BRADY (4,897) needs 103 passing yards to join DREW BREES (5,087 in’11; 5,069 in ’08) & HOFer DAN MARINO (5,084 in ’84) as only players to reach 5,000 in season. Brady (297) needs 3 TD passes to tie HOFer JOHN ELWAY (300) for 5th-most TD passes in NFL history. Brady aims for 12th consecutive win at home vs. AFC East. Has thrown at least 1 TD pass in 31 straight games…RB BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS (9) needs rush TD to record 10+ rush TDs in consecutive seasons (13 in ’10)…WR WES WELKER (116; 123 in ’09) needs 4 catches to join CRIS CARTER (122 in ’94 & ’95) as only players to have 120+ receptions twice in career. Welker aims to become 1st player to lead NFL in catches & receiving yards in season since ANDRE JOHNSON in ’08…TE ROB GRONKOWSKI (1,219) surpassed TE BEN COATES (1,174) for most rec. yards by TE in season in NE history. Has 5 TD catches in 3 career games vs. Bills…LB ROB NINKOVICH has 5 sacks in past 6 games.

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