The Denver Broncos hold an interesting distinction: including preseason, they're the only NFL team against which Tom Brady has a losing record (6-7).
Brady has evened his regular season record against the Broncos to 5-5 over the past three years, enjoying home field advantage in all three regular season games against Peyton Manning. While 2015's matchup was supposed to be an opportunity for Manning to get an increasingly rare home game against Brady, instead, it'll be Brock Osweiler starting for the Broncos.
Manning has offered Osweiler his support through the week.
"Peyton has been great to me," Osweiler said Wednesday. "He was in meetings today. He's talking me through all of his past experiences going against the Patriots and whatnot. He was out here at practice once again helping me out, asking me questions. Peyton has been a great teammate."
We won't be witnessing Manning-Brady XVII on Sunday, but we will be able to see Brady-Osweiler I in the latter's second start. Here's how to watch the game.
Kickoff at Sports Authority Field at Mile High is set for Sunday, November 29, 6:30 p.m. Mile High time (that's 8:30 p.m. Eastern).
TV schedule and TV channels
The game will air nationally on NBC (KUSA-TV in Denver), and if you're in the ORANGE, you're getting the Broncos game this weekend in your area.
Al Michaels will cover play-by-play with Cris Collinsworth providing color commentary and Michele Tafoya reporting from the sideline.
Five questions with Pats Pulpit
The Denver Broncos face the New England Patriots in what is one of the biggest games of the year for the AFC. I had the pleasure of doing some Q & A with Richard Hill from patspulpit.com to get the goods on our opponents for week 11 match up.
DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket has expanded its online streaming service. Verizon subscribers can watch games live with the NFL Mobile app (subscription required, and usual TV blackout rules apply even online).
National radio provided by WestwoodOne Sports (Kevin Nugler play-by-play; James Lofton color analyst). Colorado can listen on KOA (850 AM) or The Fox (133.5 FM) with Dave Logan (play-by-play), Ed McCaffrey (color analyst) and Andy Lindahl (sideline reporting).
The Denver Broncos will be without Peyton Manning and DeMarcus Ware, but are otherwise mostly healthy. Emmanuel Sanders is probable after missing last Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears; Evan Mathis is questionable. Max Garcia will start in his place if needed.
On the New England side, Danny Amendola is officially listed as questionable, but there are reports that he will be out (he didn't even make the trip). Look for the Broncos to focus a lot of their attention on Rob Gronkowski.
"I think it's our job to calm him (Osweiler) down," Gary Kubiak said Friday. "There are going to be some things happening in the game that are going to be new for you. It's just having to react and trying to get him to stay within himself, stay within his progressions and continue to protect the ball like he did last week. My focus with him is always the fact of the football team is going to play well around you. You just stay committed to your job, your part and what you have to do. Don't try to do too much, just do your job."
The Broncos are 3-point underdogs to the undefeated Patriots at home, despite their 8-2 record. The line moved in Denver's direction since the Patriots opened as 5.5-point favorites earlier in the week.