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NFL Week 12 Capsule – Lions at Patriots

DETROIT LIONS (7-3) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (8-2)

SERIES

LIONS PATRIOTS
SERIES LEADER 6-4
STREAKS   Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Caldwell: 1-2 Belichick: 3-3
LAST WEEK L 14-6 at Cardinals W 42-20 at Colts
LAST GAME 11/25/10: Patriots 45 at Lions 24. New England QB Tom Brady throws for 341 yards & 4 TDs. Patriots WRs Wes Welker & Deion Branch combine for 203 receiving yards & 4 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/03/06: Patriots 28, Lions 21. New England RB Corey Dillon rushes for 3 TDs & WR Reche Caldwell adds 8 receptions for 112 yards. Patriots LB Mike Vrabel records 2 INTs.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Charissa Thompson (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 135 (Det.), 85 (NE). XM: 85 (NE).

STATS

PASSING Stafford: 226-369-2679-13-9-85.0 Brady: 233-364-2649-24 (T3C)-5-102.0 (3C)
RUSHING Bell: 122-442-3.6-3 Gray: 70-330-4.7-4
RECEIVING Tate: 68 (1C)-950 (2C)-14.0-3 Edelman: 59-606-10.3-2
OFFENSE 332.3 380.4
TAKE/GIVE +3 +11 (1C)
DEFENSE 290.3 (1L) 351.8
SACKS Ansah: 5.5 Ninkovich: 5
INTs Quin: 3 (T3C) McCourty, Revis: 2
PUNTING Martin: 46.7 (3C) Allen: 46.3
KICKING Prater: 35 (8/8 PAT; 9/12 FG) Gostkowski: 107 (1L) (35/35 PAT; 24/25 FG)

NOTES

LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has 2,760 yards (306.7 per game) & 19 TDs in past 9 vs. AFC. Reached 20,000 pass yards (20,136) in 71st game last week, fastest in NFL history. Since 2011, ranks 2nd in NFL with 17,334 pass yards…RB REGGIE BUSH had 113 rush yards in 12/24/11 game at NE (with Mia.). RB THEO RIDDICK has rec. TD in 3 of past 4…WR CALVIN JOHNSON has 14 rec. TDs in past 15 vs. AFC. Has 91 catches for 1,634 yards (116.7 per game) & 12 TDs in past 14 vs. AFC. Since 2011, leads NFL with 5,657 rec. yards & 106.7 rec. yards per game. In past 7, WR GOLDEN TATE has 52 catches for 749 yards (107 per game) & 3 TDs, incl. 5 100-yard games. Has 26 catches for 359 yards (119.7 per game) & TD in past 3 vs. AFC…LB DE ANDRE LEVY leads team with 96 tackles. Has 7 INTs since 2013, most by NFL LB. DT NDAMUKONG SUH had sack in only meeting. In past 5, DE EZEKIEL ANSAH has 4.5 sacks & 3 FFs. Last week, LB JOSH BYNES & CB CASSIUS VAUGHN each had INT…PATRIOTS: Aim for 7th consecutive win…In last meeting, QB TOM BRADY completed 21 of 27 passes (77.8 pct.) for 341 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 158.3 rating…Last week, RB JONAS GRAY rushed for career-high 201 yards & tied single-game club record with 4 TDs (RANDY MOSS, 4 TD catches on 11/18/07). In 3 starts in 2014, RB SHANE VEREEN has 226 scrimmage yards (91 rush, 135 rec.) & 2 TD catches…In past 6, TE ROB GRONKOWSKI has 40 catches for 587 yards & 6 TDs. Has 5 TDs in past 3. Since entering NFL in 2010, leads league with 51 TD catches. Last week, surpassed BEN COATES (50) & RANDY MOSS (50) for most TD rec. in Pats history. WR JULIAN EDELMAN had 81 scrimmage yards last week (50 rec., 31 rush). WR BRANDON LA FELL has 5 TDs in past 7. TE TIM WRIGHT has 4 TDs in past 6, incl. 2-yarder vs. Colts…LB AKEEM AYERS has sack in 2 of past 3 since joining NE in Week 8. In past 5, LB ROB NINKOVICH has 4 sacks, INT & FR. S DEVIN MC COURTY had 2 INTs (tied for career-high) in last meeting. Had INT last week vs. Colts.


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