Patriots at Rams Week Eight Capsule

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (4-3) AT ST. LOUIS RAMS (3-4)

SERIES

  PATRIOTS RAMS
SERIES LEADER Series tied, 5-5  
STREAKS Past 2 4 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Belichick: 4-1 Fisher: 1-5
LAST WEEK W 29-26 (OT) vs. Jets L 30-20 vs. Packers
LAST GAME 10/26/08: Rams 16 at Patriots 23. New England RB Kevin Faulk compiles 107 scrimmage yards (60 rush, 47 rec.) & catches game-winning 15-yard TD pass from QB Matt Cassel.
LAST GAME AT SITE
BROADCAST CBS (6:00 PM GMT): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms. SIRIUS: 107 (NE), 128 (StL.). XM: 230 (StL.).

STATS

PASSING Brady: 186-285-2,104 (1C)-12-3-96.9 (3C) Bradford: 131-219-1,592-7-6-81.5
RUSHING Ridley: 135-589 (3C)-4.4-4 S. Jackson: 101-380-3.8-1
RECEIVING Welker: 54 (1L)-688 (1L)-12.7-2 B. Gibson: 25-335-13.4-2
OFFENSE 436.1 (1L) 315.1
TAKE/GIVE +11 (1C) 0
DEFENSE 376.0 324.4
SACKS Jones (R): 5 Quinn: 7 (T3L)
INTs McCourty, Wilson (R): 2 Finnegan: 3
PUNTING Mesko: 41.0 Hekker (R): 49.0 (3C)
KICKING Gostkowski: 71 (1C) (23/23 PAT; 16/19 FG) Zuerlein (R): 60 (3C) (9/9 PAT; 17/20 FG)

NOTES

SIXTH OVERSEAS NFL regular-season game…PATRIOTS: Play 2nd International Series game in London (35-7 win vs. TB in ’09)…Average NFL-best in pts per game (31) & yards per game (436.1)…NE is 38-12 (.760) vs. NFC under BILL BELICHICKQB TOM BRADY has 34-8 (.809) career record vs. NFC. Has thrown TD pass in 39 consec. games, 3rd-longest streak in NFL history. Brady (49) needs 300-yard passing game to surpass HOFer WARREN MOON (49) for 7th-most all-time. Passed for 308 yards w/ 3 TDs & 107.3 rating in last game in London. RB STEVAN RIDLEY has 3 100-yard rush games in ’12 (125, 106, 151). WR WES WELKER has 16 career games with 10+ rec., tied for 2nd-most in NFL history (JERRY RICE, 17; MARVIN HARRISON, 16). Had 10 catches for 107 yards with TD in London vs. TB. WR BRANDON LLOYD played in 11 games w/Rams last season. Had 7 rec. for 169 yards with TD in London on 10/31/10 vs. SF (w/ Den.)…TE ROB GRONKOWSKI has 32 career TD rec., most by TE in 1st 3 seasons…Rookie DE CHANDLER JONES leads NFL rookies with 5 sacks…Rookie LB DONT’A HIGHTOWER has 2 sacks in past 2…RAMS: Play 1st international regular-season game…QB SAM BRADFORD has TD pass or 300+ pass yards in 6 of 7 career vs. AFC. Has won 3 of past 4 home starts…In past 4 games vs. AFC, RB STEVEN JACKSON has 501 scrimmage yards (125.3 per game), incl. 354 rush yards (88.5 per game). Rookie RB DARYL RICHARDSON is 3rd among NFC rookie RBs with 282 rush yards. Had career-highs in catches (3) & rec. yards (43) last week…Rookie WR CHRIS GIVENS aims for 5th in row with 50+ yard catch. Is 1st rookie with 50+ yard catch in 4 consecutive games since WILLIE GAULT in 1983. Averages 27 yards per catch (270 yards, 10 rec.)…DE ROBERT QUINN has 6 sacks in past 4 at home, incl. career-high 3 vs. Cardinals. Has 7 sacks in past 7. DE CHRIS LONG has 4 sacks in past 5. Had 2 sacks in only meeting. Rookie DT MICHAEL BROCKERS had 1st career sack last week. LB JAMES LAURINAITIS is 1 of 2 NFC players (PATRICK WILLIS) with 8+ sacks (8.5) & 5+ INTs (5) since 2009. Leads team with 69 tackles & has 9+ tackles in 6 of 7 games.


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