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October 28, 2012

Sizing 'em up: Pats vs. Rams

PATRIOTS (4-3) vs. RAMS (3-4)

Today, 1 p.m., at Wembley Stadium, London

TV:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color Ch. 4 (Jim Nantz and Phil Simms)

Radio: 98.5 FM The Sports Hub (Gil Santos and Scott Zolak)

The series:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color Patriots lead 6-5, including the victory in Super Bowl XXXVI.

Last meeting:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color Patriots 23, Rams 16; at Gillette Stadium, Oct. 26, 2008

Latest line: Patriots -7; Over-under Total 47

2012 STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN

Patriots Rams

4-3 Record 3-3

Tie 1st, AFC East Standings 4th, NFC West

436.1 (1) Offense 315.1 (28)

149.3 (5) Rushing 106.1 (15)

286.9 (5) Passing 209.0 (24)

376.0 (23) Defense 324.4 (10)

86.0 (8) Rushing 98.9 (10)

290.0 (29) Passing 225.6 (14)

+11 Turnover margin Even

BY THE NUMBERS

Patriots

7 — Forced fumbles combined this year by Pats’ book-end pass-rushers, Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich.

54 — Catches so far this year by one of the nicest guys I’ve ever had the opportunity to dine with, receiver Wes Welker. That puts Welker on pace for 123 catches. He IS the offense. And it’s time for him and Bill Belichick to patch things up. Pay the guy his money.

6,500 — Miles in this round-trip road journey. That mileage is more than the Green Bay Packers (5,774) will travel all season long.

Rams

.333 — Win percentage as a starter for Sam Bradford with the Rams at 11-22. That’s hardly the number they could have expected when drafting a franchise QB.

3.8 — Yards per carry this season for Steven Jackson, who with 380 yards through seven games is on the worst pace of his career, since his rookie season of 2004.

395 — Yards receiving in four starts this year by Danny Amendola. Out with a collarbone injury, Amendola returned to practice this week and there had been talk of his return to the lineup, although doubtful.

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