NEW ORLEANS (5-0) at NEW ENGLAND (4-1)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE - Patriots by 2 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD - New Orleans 4-1, New England 2-3
SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 8-4
LAST MEETING - Saints beat Patriots 38-17, Nov. 30, 2009
LAST WEEK - Saints beat Bears 26-18; Bengals beat Patriots 13-6
AP PRO32 RANKING - Saints No. 2; Patriots No. 7
SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (26), PASS (2)
SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (11T), RUSH (18), PASS (12)
PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (14), PASS (21)
PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (23), PASS (14)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Tom Brady's chance to tie Drew Brees on Sunday for most consecutive regular-season games with TD pass (54) ended vs. Bengals at 52. ... Patriots have allowed second-fewest points per game (14) in NFL. Saints are fourth (14.6). ... Saints are 5-0 for second time in four years. ... In last game against Patriots, Brees threw for 371 yards and five TDs with highest possible passer rating of 158.3. ... TE Jimmy Graham is tied for second in NFL with 37 catches after making 10 last Sunday; has at least 100 yards receiving in four consecutive games; and can break tie for longest streak by tight end in NFL history Sunday. ... RBs Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas have combined for 54 catches for 474 yards and three TDs while rushing for 240 yards and one TD. ... DE Cameron Jordan has four sacks in last four games. ... Saints held first five opponents under 20 points for first time since 2000. They allowed second-most points in 2012. ... Saints lead NFL in time of possession at 34:37. ... Brady failed to throw TD pass last time he faced Saints in 11th game of 2009. His streak began in 2010 opener. ... Patriots coming off lowest scoring game since Dec. 10, 2006, 21-0 loss to Miami. ... Only winless Jacksonville has been less successful than Patriots at scoring TDs inside red zone. ... WR Danny Amendola had four catches against Bengals after missing previous three games with groin injury. ... CB Aqib Talib tied for NFL lead with four interceptions. ... Patriots TEs have combined for five receptions while Rob Gronkowski sat out first five games recovering from surgeries on left forearm and back. ... Coach Bill Belichick's next win would be his 210th, breaking tie with Chuck Noll for fifth all-time.
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