NEW ENGLAND (12-2) at NEW YORK JETS (9-5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EST, CBS
OPENING LINE — Patriots by 3
RECORD VS. SPREAD — New England 7-5-2, New York 8-5-1
SERIES RECORD — Patriots lead 59-53-1
LAST MEETING — Patriots beat Jets 30-23, Oct. 25, 2015
LAST WEEK — Patriots beat Titans 33-16; Jets beat Cowboys 19-16
AP PRO32 RANKING — Patriots No. 3, Jets No. 10
PATRIOTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (4), RUSH (28), PASS (2).
PATRIOTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (6), RUSH (10), PASS (8).
JETS OFFENSE — OVERALL (10), RUSH (11), PASS (10).
JETS DEFENSE — OVERALL (5), RUSH (2), PASS (13).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Patriots became second team in NFL history with at least 12 regular-season wins in six consecutive seasons (2010-15), joining Indianapolis, which had seven straight (2003-09). … New England clinched first-round playoff bye for NFL-record sixth straight season. Patriots lead NFL with 11 byes since current NFL playoff format instituted in 1990. … With win vs. Jets, Patriots can earn No. 1 seed and home-field advantage in AFC playoffs for second consecutive season. New England has been No. 1 five times. … Patriots looking for 17th series sweep vs. Jets, and second straight. … New England has won nine of last 10 meetings. … QBTom Brady is 22-6 vs. Jets, including 1-1 in playoffs, as starter, with 42 TDs, 13 INTs and 6,894 yards. … Brady has 4,405 yards passing through 14 games and needs to average 297.5 yards in final two games to reach 5,000 yards for second time in career. He joined Peyton Manning as only NFL quarterbacks with four seasons with 35 or more TD passes. … TE Rob Gronkowski has 65 TD catches, two behind Stanley Morgan for team record. Gronk also has 66 total TDs (65 catches, one run), which puts him two behind Morgan (67 catches, one return) for most total scores in franchise history. … With 64 TD connections, Gronkowski and Brady moved pastColts’ Johnny Unitas and Raymond Berry (63) for sole possession of eighth place on NFL’s all-time list. Buffalo’s Jim Kelly and Andre Reed are seventh with 65. … New England signed RB Steven Jackson, who hasn’t played this season, to help overcome injuries to Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount. … Patriots had five sacks against Tennessee and have at least one in every game this season, improving streak to 27 straight with at least one — longest such active streak in NFL. … DE Chandler Joneshas career-high 12 1/2 sacks. … Jets trying for first five-game winning streak since 2010. … WR Brandon Marshall tied with Al Toon for most catches in single season in team history with 93. Also has 1,261 yards receiving, fifth most in season for Jets player. … Marshall and Eric Decker have combined for 165 catches, 2,191 yards receiving and 21 TDs (most combined in team history). They rank first among NFL receiver tandems in receptions, second in yards and tied for first in TDs. … Decker’s 15 TDs in last two seasons tie him with Bake Turner (1963-64) for second most by Jets receiver in first two years with team. … QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has 26 TD passes, three shy of Vinny Testaverde’s team record set in 1998. During four-game win streak, Fitzpatrick has completed 64.8 percent of passes for 1,229 yards with 10 TDs, one INT and 105.7 passer rating. … Jets have 28 takeaways, third most in league. … CB Marcus Williams has six INTs, most for Jets since Darrelle Revis had six in 2009. … DE Muhammad Wilkerson has seven sacks in last five games, giving him career-high 12. … Fantasy Tip: Jets backup RB Bilal Powell might be worth start in deep leagues. He has TD in three straight games and has caught 20 passes in that span.