Patriots at Cardinals NFL Week One Capsule

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  PATRIOTS CARDINALS
SERIES LEADER   7-6
STREAKS 5 of past 6  
COACHES VS. OPP. Bill Belichick: 3-1 Bruce Arians: 0-0
LAST GAME 09/16/12: Cardinals 20 at Patriots 18. Arizona QB Kevin Kolb throws TD pass to WR Andre Roberts & adds rush TD. Cardinals’ defense records 4 sacks & INT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 09/19/04: Patriots 23, Cardinals 12. New England QB Tom Brady throws for 219 yards & 2 TDs. Patriots RB Corey Dillon rushes for 158 yards.
REFEREE Tony Corrente
BROADCAST NBC (8:30 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (NE), 81 (Az). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (NE), 225 (Az).

2015 STATS

PASSING Jimmy Garoppolo (Pre.): 36-54-406-1-0-95.1 Carson Palmer: 342-537-4671-35 (T2L)-11-104.6 (3L)
RUSHING LeGarrette Blount: 165-703-4.3-6 Chris Johnson: 196-814-4.2-3
RECEIVING Rob Gronkowski (TE): 72-1176-16.3-11 Larry Fitzgerald: 109-1215-11.1-9
OFFENSE 374.4 408.3 (1L)
TAKE/GIVE +7 +9
DEFENSE 339.4 321.7
SACKS Jabaal Sheard: 8 Chandler Jones (NE): 12.5
INTs Ryan: 4 Tyrann Mathieu: 5
PUNTING Ryan Allen: 46.0 Drew Butler: 42.9
KICKING Stephen Gostkowski: 151 (1L) (52/52 PAT; 33/36 FG) Chandler Catanzaro: 137 (3L) (53/58 PAT; 28/31 FG)

NOTES

PATRIOTS: Only team in NFL history to win 12 division titles in 13 seasons. Have won 12+ games in 6 consecutive seasons, 2nd team to accomplish feat (Ind., 2003-09)…QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO makes 1st career NFL start. In preseason, completed 36 of 54 (66.7 pct.) for 406 yards with 1 TD & 0 INTs for 95.1 rating…RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT rushed for 120 yards & 2 TDs in only game vs. Az. (10/31/10 with TB)…TE ROB GRONKOWSKI led team with 11 TD catches in 2015 & is only TE in NFL history with 5 career 10+ TD seasons. Since entering NFL in 2010, has 65 rec. TDs, most in NFL. WR JULIAN EDELMAN has 7 rec. TDs in past 8. TE MARTELLUS BENNETT has 263 catches since 2012, 4th most by NFL TE. Spent previous 3 seasons in Chi…LB JAMIE COLLINS led team in tackles (89) in 2015 for 2nd consecutive season. CBs MALCOLM BUTLER (15) & LOGAN RYAN (14) led team in PD in 2015. Ryan also ranked 1st on club with 4 INTs last year…CARDINALS: Set franchise record with 13 wins, won NFC West & advanced to NFC Champ Game last season. Scored team-record 489 points (30.6 avg.) & led NFL in total offense (408.3 yards per game) in 2015…QB CARSON PALMER set franchise record with 35 pass TDs, 4,671 pass yards & 104.6 rating in 2015. Is only QB in team history with 2 4,000-yard seasons. Had 100+ passer rating in 11 games last year, most in NFL…RB DAVID JOHNSON led NFL rookies with 13 total TDs last season…WR LARRY FITZGERALD had team-record 109 catches in 2015, his 3rd 100-catch season. Had 1,215 rec. yards, his club-record 7th 1,000-yard season. WR JOHN BROWN had career-high 65 catches, 1,003 yards & 7 TDs last season…LB DEONE BUCANNON led team with 109 tackles in 2015. Was 1 of 2 in NFL with 100+ tackles, 3+ sacks, 3+ FFs & INT last season. LB CHANDLER JONES makes Az. debut. Had career-high 12.5 sacks last season with NE. S TYRANN MATHIEU tied for team lead with 5 INTs in 2015.


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