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Game notes: Patriots vs. Redskins

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Game notes: Patriots vs. Redskins

A quick look at the information you need to know about today's Patriots-Redskins game:

GAME TIME: 1 p.m. EST

TV NETWORK: FOX

TV ANNOUNCERS: Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver

NATIONAL RADIO: Sports USA Radio

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: Redskins lead, 6-3

LAST MEETING: Patriots 34, Redskins 27 at FedEx Field on Dec. 11, 2011

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-- Since realignment in 2002 the Patriots are 43-10 (.811) vs. NFC teams, the best interconference record in the NFL during that time.

-- Since 2001 the Patriots are 40-15 (.727) in November, the best November record in the NFL during that time.

-- The Redskins franchise originated in Boston in 1932 as the Boston Braves and played their games at Braves Field, home of the baseball Boston Braves (a team that later moved to Milwaukee and then Atlanta). In 1933 the team moved to Fenway Park and owner George Preston Marshall changed the name to “Redskins” in honor of the team’s head coach, Lone Star Dietz, who claimed to be of Native American decent. The Redskins struggled at the gate in Boston and Marshall moved them to Washington, his hometown, after the 1936 season.

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR

-- If the Patriots win, they are guaranteed to finish the season with a record of .500 or better for the 15th consecutive year. Each of the other NFL teams has had at least one losing season between 2001 and 2014.

-- The Patriots are looking to start a season 8-0 for the second time in franchise history. The other was in 2007.

-- Rob Gronkowski (62) needs seven touchdowns to move past Stanley Morgan (68) and become the all-time leader in touchdowns for the Patriots.

-- Gronkowski (61) needs seven receiving touchdowns to move past Stanley Morgan (67) and become the all-time leader in receiving touchdowns for the Patriots.

-- Stephen Gostkowski has 260 career field goals and needs four to move past Adam Vinatieri (263) for the most field goals in team history.

NFL Rumors: Patriots in consideration to host 2022 NFL Draft in Boston

NFL Rumors: Patriots in consideration to host 2022 NFL Draft in Boston

Could the NFL's biggest spectacle outside the Super Bowl be coming to the City of Champions?

The league is considering Boston as one of its potential host cities for the 2022 NFL Draft, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday night. 

"My understanding is what the NFL wants to do is go a little city, big city, and kind of alternate,” Rapoport said. “Obviously Nashville (in 2019) and then Vegas next, they’re basically saving a spot for a bigger city.

"And some of the ones that have been mentioned to me: Boston, potentially, with the Patriots hosting, that would be one. Washington, D.C., with the Redskins. Maybe Houston with the Texans, although usually these are reserved for teams that do not host Super Bowls. But figure that (2022) spot is saved for one of the bigger NFL cities."

The NFL has venues set for the 2020 (Las Vegas), 2021 (Cleveland) and 2023 (Kansas City) drafts, but according to Rapoport is eyeing a bigger NFL market for the 2022 draft. Boston would fit that mold, as the defending champion Patriots are one of the league's most visible teams.

Where in Boston the draft would take place is a different question, as the event has shifted to open-air venues in recent years after being held indoors at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

TD Garden is an obvious indoor candidate, while City Hall Plaza, the site of several Patriots Super Bowl send-off parties and championship rallies, could be an outdoor possibility. The Boston Common is one of the largest public gathering spaces in the city and might be considered an option.

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Duron Harmon dresses as Jon Snow of 'Game of Thrones' in hilarious Instagram post

Duron Harmon dresses as Jon Snow of 'Game of Thrones' in hilarious Instagram post

Duron Harmon is a massive "Game of Thrones" fan, but what did the Patriots safety think of the series finale?

The answer to that question will have to wait until Harmon's recap this Sunday, which he previewed with a hilarious Instagram post showing him dressed as one of the show's main characters, Jon Snow.

See for yourself below:

That's dedication.

Prior to last week's series finale, Harmon gave his prediction on how the show would end. Since his prediction didn't come true, it'll be interesting to see what he thought of the series' polarizing ending.

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