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New England Patriots at a glance

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Charles Krupa - AP
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) had 143 yards on a career-high nine catches two weeks ago vs. Pittsburgh, his 11th game with 100 or more receiving yards. That’s a franchise record for tight ends.

New England Patriots

Coach: Bill Belichick

Key Stats

5 Sacks by defensive tackle Chris Jones, who leads all rookies. Jones was claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay in September.

11 Games with 100 receiving yards or more by Rob Gronkowski, the most ever by a Patriots tight end. He had 143 yards on a career-high nine catches two weeks ago vs. Pittsburgh.

44 Appearances by New England (22-22) on “Monday Night Football.” The Patriots are 15-5 in Monday night games under Belichick.

277.4 Average passing yards by Brady in 17 “MNF” games. Brady is 13-4 on Monday nights, including a 517-yard passing game in a win at Miami in the 2011 opener.

Starting Lineup

Offense

WR85 Kenbrell Thompkins
LT77 Nate Solder
LG70 Logan Mankins
C62 Ryan Wendell
RG63 Dan Connolly
RT61 Marcus Cannon
TE87 Rob Gronkowski
WR11 Julian Edelman
QB12 Tom Brady
RB22 Stevan Ridley
RB29 LeGarrette Blount

Defense

LDE50 Rob Ninkovich
DT72 Joe Vellano
DT94 Chris Jones
RDE95 Chandler Jones
LB91 Jamie Collins
LB55 Brandon Spikes
LB54 Dont’a Hightower
LCB31 Aqib Talib
RCB25 Kyle Arrington
SS30 Duron Harmon
FS32 Devin McCourty

Special Teams

K3 Stephen Gostkowski
P6 Ryan Allen
H6 Ryan Allen
PR11 Julian Edelman
KR33 Leon Washington
LS48 Danny Aiken

Injuries

OUT: S Steve Gregory (finger), CB Alfonzo Dennard (knee). QUESTIONABLE: RB Leon Washington (ankle), CB Kyle Arrington (groin), CB Aqib Talib (hip). PROBABLE: TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm, hamstring), QB Tom Brady (right shoulder), WR Danny Amendola (groin), WR Matthew Slater (wrist).

Schedule/Results

OpponentTimeTV
September
8At BuffaloW 23-21
12N.Y. JetsW 13-10
22Tampa BayW 23-3
29At AtlantaW 30-23
October
6At CincinnatiL 13-6
13New OrleansW 30-27
20At N.Y. JetsL 30-27
27MiamiW 27-17
November
3PittsburghW 55-31
10Bye
18At Carolina8:40WSOC,ESPN
24Denver8:30NBC
December
1At Houston1*CBS
8Cleveland1*CBS
15At Miami1*CBS
22At Baltimore8:30NBC
29Buffalo1*CBS

NOTE: * Time subject to change.

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