One of the biggest rivalries in NFL history takes to the field for the NFL game of the week this Sunday when the Denver Broncos (6-1, 1-1 away) battle the New England Patriots (6-2, 4-0 home) in Foxborough, Masschusetts.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 29, 2014
Call your bookie! Call your cable or satellite provider! Savor this moment. Peyton Manning is 38. Tom Brady is 37. They will oppose one another for the 16th time in 13 years, and the passive observer might conjure an image of two old gladiators preparing for what could be their final fight. Brady has a 10 to 5 edge, but Manning is the favorite this Sunday. Click here for more NFL week 9 matchups.
“Peyton has been a phenomenal player — so consistent and durable for a long period of time,” Brady said. “We’ve had a great rivalry in the AFC East (when Manning was with Indianapolis), and this year is no different.”
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) October 30, 2014
The matchup is already being touted as the best in the season thus far. But what could make it better?
While forecasts are subject to change (and can at times do so rapidly), there is potential for flurries come the late Sunday afternoon tilt. Will it be Denver or New England in this week’s most important NFL matchup?
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots
When: Sunday, Nov.2, 4:25 pm ET
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Betting Line: Denver -3
Denver Vs New England Online Football Odds Analysis:
As always there will be a lot riding on the contest between Brady and Manning. Denver won the showdown last season, 26 to 16, and goes into this game as the road favorite. Peyton just appears to have more weapons and a better defense, at least on paper.
But it’s hard to fault either Brady or the Patriots right now. Since the terrible Monday night loss to Kansas City, Tom Brady has played about as well as you’d expect out of one of the greatest signal-callers in the history of the game. Brady has a 14 to 0 TD to interception ratio in New England’s last 4 games. He’s completing 64.4% of his passes and his QB rating is 107. In the Patriots’ last game, a 51 to 23 blowout of Chicago, Brady completed over 85% of his pass attempts and threw 5 touchdowns. The Patriots are on a 4 game winning streak and appear to be the best team in the AFC after the Broncos.
For Denver, 2014 has the looks of a magical season. Save for an overtime loss to Seattle in Seattle, the Broncos would be undefeated. They’ve been covering spreads as well and since they’re the favorite in almost every game in which they play, the Seattle game was the only exception so far this season, Denver is a legitimate NFL juggernaut. Winning straight up is one thing but covering spreads as a big favorite is another.
It all starts with Peyton Manning, of course, but Peyton isn’t the only reason for Denver’s greatness on offense. The Broncos have found a legitimate starting running back in Ronnie Hillman. Hillman has rushed for over 100 yards or more in 2 out of the Broncos’ last 3 games. In the contest where Hillman didn’t rush for 100 yards, a 42 to 17 victory over San Francisco, Hillman’s yards per carry average was over 5.
Since Denver is no longer a one-dimensional team on offense, they get the edge over the Patriots in this game. The Broncos appear to have a better defense as well; it only allows 315.3 yards and 20 points per game while New England’s D allows 340.5 total yards and 130 yards per game via the rush.
The trends point to both teams having a big shot to win this matchup on Sunday although the Broncos are 0 and 4 in the last 4 meetings in Foxborough.
Both teams are hot, but Denver gets the edge against the spread. New England has beaten the Jets, the Buffalo Bills and the Chicago Bears in their last 3 games. Denver has beaten the Jets, San Francisco and San Diego and they also beat the 7 and 1 Arizona Cardinals 4 games ago. To top it off, Denver covered in every single one of those games.
The Broncos should cover the spread in the yearly battle between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
Pick: Denver Broncos -3