A quick look at the information you need to know about today's Patriots-Rams game:
- Belichick: You give up individuality when you play football
- Lengel hopes to keep offense working as 'well-oiled machine' when called upon
- Patriots-Rams inactives
TEAM RECORDS: Patriots 9-2, Rams 4-7
GAME TIME: 1 p.m. EST
TV NETWORK: FOX
TV ANNOUNCERS: Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver
NATIONAL RADIO NETWORKS: Sports USA
NATIONAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Larry Kahn, Hank Bauer and Troy West
LOCAL RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)
LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak
ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Patriots lead, 7-5
LAST MEETING: Patriots 45, Rams 7 on Oct. 28, 2012 at Wembley Stadium, London
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-- This will be the Patriots' first game against the Los Angeles Rams since a 14-0 loss at Anaheim Stadium on Sept. 13, 1992. The Rams moved to St. Louis after the 1994 season and were there for 21 seasons before moving back to L.A. this year. The Pats were 3-2 against the St. Louis Rams, including a 20-17 victory in Super Bowl XXXVI.
-- The Patriots' victory last Sunday over the Jets was the 500th in franchise history, against 402 losses. They are the first of the original American Football League teams to reach the 500-victory plateau. The Broncos are second with 486 wins.
-- Last Sunday's victory over the Jets ensured that the Patriots will not be swept by a division opponent for the 16th consecutive season. The last time they were swept by a division foe was in 2000, when they lost both games against both the Jets and the Bills.
-- The Patriots are 54-10 (.844) in December since 2001, best in the NFL. The Steelers (46-19, .708) are second.
-- The Patriots are 47-12 (.797) against NFC teams since realignment in 2002, the best interconference record in the NFL. The Steelers (38-19-1, .669) are second.
-- The Patriots have scored on their opening offensive possession in 6 of their 11 games this year.
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-- A victory today would allow Tom Brady to pass Peyton Manning for most quarterback wins in NFL history, with 201. (Brady has 178 regular-season victories and 22 in the postseason; Manning has 186 in the regular season and 14 in the postseason.) Brady reached the 200-victory mark in 261 career starts, 31 fewer than the 292 by Manning.
-- A victory today would give the Patriots 14 straight seasons of 10 or more wins and enable Bill Belichick to extend his NFL record of consecutive 10-win seasons as a head coach. Ex-49ers coach George Seifert is second, with eight.
-- LeGarrette Blount has 12 rushing touchdowns this season. He needs one to tie BenJarvus Green-Ellis (2010) and Corey Dillon (2006) for third place on the franchise list of rushing TDs in a season -- they both had 13 -- and two to tie Curtis Martin, who rushed for 14 in both 1995 and 1996, for the franchise record.
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-- REFEREE: Jerome Boger. UMPIRE: Rich Hall. HEAD LINESMAN: Ed Camp. LINE JUDGE: Dana McKenzie. FIELD JUDGE: Jon Lucivansky. SIDE JUDGE: Walt Coleman IV. BACK JUDGE: Tony Steratore. REPLAY OFFICIAL: Carl Madsen.