Rested Pats face Seahawks for 1st time since Super Bowl win

SEATTLE (5-2-1) at NEW ENGLAND (7-1)

Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC

OPENING LINE - Patriots by 7 +

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Seahawks 4-4, Patriots 7-1

SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 9-8

LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl 49, Feb. 1, 2015

LAST WEEK - Seahawks beat Bills 31-25; Patriots bye, beat Bills 41-25 on Oct. 30

AP PRO32 RANKING - Seahawks No. 5, Patriots No. 1





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Seahawks and Patriots have split 16 regular-season meetings, with Seattle winning last game, 24-23, on Oct. 14, 2012 at home. ... Seahawks are playing in Foxborough for first time since 2004 season. It is longest current stretch between road games for team vs. New England ... Seattle coach Pete Carroll was 27-21 (1-2 in playoffs) in three seasons as Patriots coach from 1997-1999. ... Carroll needs two more wins to reach 100 regular-season victories, and become 39th coach in NFL history to reach that mark. ... QB Russell Wilson is averaging 289.2 passing yards per game and has 19 passing TDs and one INT in past six games vs. AFC. ... RB Christine Michael has seven TDs (six rushing, one receiving) in his past six games. ... Jimmy Graham has 5,546 receiving yards since 2011, most among NFL tight ends. ... DE Cliff Avril leads NFC with nine sacks. ... New England has won two of past three regular-season meetings with Seattle, including last matchup in Foxborough in 2004. ... Patriots are 12-4 following bye week under coach Bill Belichick. ... New England remains only team in NFL not to throw interception in 2016. If it doesn't against Seattle, it would tie 1960 Browns for NFL record nine games without INT. ...QB Tom Brady (198 career wins) needs one more victory to tie Brett Favre for second place on career wins list by NFL quarterback. ... RB LeGarrette Blount is tied for NFL lead with nine rushing TDs. Fantasy Tip: Consider benching Seattle's defense. Patriots have scored at least 27 points in each of Brady's four games, and Seahawks have given up 20 or more in three of their last four games.


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