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New England Patriots

Week 3: Patriots-Buccaneers capsule

TAMPA BAY (0-2) at NEW ENGLAND (2-0)

1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE – Patriots by 7 1∕2

RECORD VS. SPREAD – Tampa Bay 1-1, New England 0-2

SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead, 5-2

LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Buccaneers, 35-7, Oct. 25, 2009

LAST WEEK – Saints beat Buccaneers, 16-14; Patriots beat Jets, 13-10

AP PRO32 RANKING – Buccaneers tied No. 29; Patriots tied No. 6

BUCCANEERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (29), RUSH (11), PASS (31)

BUCCANEERS DEFENSE – OVERALL (13T), RUSH (12), PASS (18)

PATRIOTS OFFENSE – OVERALL (22), RUSH (13), PASS (21)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE – OVERALL (8), RUSH (28), PASS (4)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Bucs lost their two games by combined three points. Patriots won two by combined five points. ... Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin rushed for 144 yards last Sunday. New England has 212 yards rushing all season. ... Bucs FS Dashon Goldson can play after one-game suspension was reduced by appeals officer Matt Birk to $100,000 fine for helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans RB Darren Sproles. ... QB Josh Freeman ranked 30th in NFL in passer rating, Patriots’ Tom Brady ranked 27th with rookie-filled receiving group. ... Bucs CB Darrelle Revis faces Patriots for 12th time in career, first 11 with Jets. ... Tampa Bay’s big receivers, 6-foot-5 Vincent Jackson and 6-2 Mike Williams, combined for 18 receptions in first two games. ... LB Mason Foster had third-longest interception return for TD in Bucs history last Sunday, 85-yarder against Saints. ... Brady’s 50 straight games with at least one TD pass is second-longest streak in NFL history. Drew Brees’s streak of 54 ended last season. ... Injury-plagued Patriots could be without TE Rob Gronkowski for third straight game, WR Danny Amendola for second. ... In win over Jets, Patriots had more punts (11) than first downs (9). ... WR Julian Edelman’s 20 catches were tied for NFL lead after second week after having career-high 37 as rookie in 2009 and 21 last year. ... Patriots are 31-3 in last 34 home games. ... Former Bucs CB Aqib Talib had two interceptions and one forced fumble against Jets. Patriots obtained him in trade last Nov. 1.

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