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Horse Tracks: Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots by the Numbers

Here is a brief preview of this week's matchup.

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7-11, 1-7

Peyton Manning's career record against Tom Brady. Manning's teams have also gone just 1-7 against Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in Foxboro.  This includes two-straight losses to the Patriots for the Manning-led Broncos when traveling East.

5-7, 4-2

Tom Brady is 5-7 overall against the Broncos, with a 4-2 record at home. This includes three straight wins dating back to the 2011 Divisional Championship game.


Both teams are currently leading their divisions. New England comes into the game with a 6-2 record. They have lost two road games this season to Kansas City, and Miami.  Denver enters Foxboro with a 6-1 record, they are 1-1 on the road with the sole loss coming in overtime.

1st and 2nd

Denver sits atop the AFC at the moment, percentage points ahead of New England. Denver has a perfect 4-0 record in the conference while #2 seed New England has an AFC record of 4-2. If Denver wins, it will pull 1.5 games ahead of New England with the head to head tiebreaker. If New England wins, they would even up the individual team records and take possession of 1st place with the head to head tiebreaker.

6.3 and 6.9

The Denver Broncos secondary has allowed 6.3 yards per pass play. They have also given up 12 touchdowns. The New England Patriots secondary has allowed 6.9 yards per pass play, and have given up 14 touchdowns.

4.6 and 3.4

The New England Patriots have allowed opponents to gain 4.6 yards per carry while the Broncos have allowed an average of just 3.4 yards.

23 sacks, 26 TFL, 44 PD, 7 INT

Broncos defensive numbers

21 sacks, 14 TFL, 28 PD, 8 INT

Patriots defensive numbers

46.7% (5th)

Percentage of 3rd downs Broncos offense converts

41.6% (19th)

Percentage of 3rd downs Patriots offense converts

37.4% (10)

Percentage of 3rd downs the Broncos defense allows to be converted

44.9% (24th)

Percentage of 3rd downs the Patriots defense allows to be converted

82.6% (1st)

The Redzone touchdown percentage of the Denver Bronco offense

54.8% (17th)

The Redzone touchdown percentage of the New England Patriot offense

20.3% (6th)

The Redzone touchdown percentage allowed by the Denver Bronco defense

22.1% (14th)

The Redzone touchdown percentage allwed by the New England Patriot defense

Horse Tracks

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Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills crush New York Jets -
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Rex Ryan has 'no idea' about Jets' Week 9 starting QB -
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Rams concerned Jake Long tore ACL a second time -
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