Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) catches a pass against New England Patriots outside linebacker Jamie Collins (91) in the second half during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Broncos vs. Patriots — Week 9
It’s time for Brady vs. Manning edition 1.1 million in this matchup of Broncos vs. Patriots (6-1 vs. 6-2). The Broncos and Patriots are both amid four game winning streaks, and are playing their best football of the season. The Patriots are fresh off a Sunday beatdown of the Chicago Bears last week in Foxboro, while the Broncos took care of division rival San Diego at home in the biggest win the Broncos have ever had over Philip Rivers.
Like I said, both teams are playing their best football right now.
The Broncos are favored in this game, but they were favored last year when they blew a 24-point lead in New England en route to an overtime loss.
The last two times the Broncos came to New England, the have been completely marred by turnovers. In 2012, it was a Willis McGahee fumble that seemed to be the turning point in what wound up being a comfortable but closer than it looked Patriots win. Last year’s matchup was all Broncos in the first half, and a complete debacle in the second half. Fumbles once again proved the Broncos’ demise.
It would seem the formula is simple this time around — don’t fumble the football, and you’ll win the game. Don’t turn the ball over, and you’ll win the game. That’s obviously easier said than done, but if the Broncos play smart, this is a game they should win. Here’s everything you need to know about today’s matchup.
Who: Broncos vs. Patriots
What: Week 9 NFL matchup
When: Sunday, November 2nd — 4:25 PM EST
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
Why: Because, football
TV Info: CBS Sports (Phil Simms, Jim Nantz)
Online Streaming: NFL Game Pass
Official Game Prediction
This is a game I see the Broncos winning. I think they are the better team, though the Patriots have the distinct advantage of playing on their home field. That’s fine, as long as the Broncos have the same advantage in the playoffs. In order to have it, they need to win this game. This is not a must-win game in terms of playoff positioning, but the Broncos know this game is huge in case they wind up with the same record as Tom Brady and company.
Simply put, if the Broncos control the ball and don’t turn it over, they will win the game. They are better than the Patriots, so they’ll have to hurt themselves to lose the game.