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|Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO
|1st AFC East
|Spread: Patriots by 3
|1st AFC West
The Denver Broncos could not ask to catch the New England Patriots at a better time. They are at home, the weather is going to be adverse and the Patriots are missing a slew of key offensive players. This game could be a prelude to the AFC playoffs and a Broncos win here would close the gap for homefield advantage to just one game, with the Broncos owning the tiebreaker.
This matchup is all about the NFL's number one offense against the number one defense. This is where the No Fly Zone must once again prove they are as elite as they come. Leading up to the Broncos dominating win over the Green Bay Packers it was reported that Wade Phillips defenses had been shredded by Aaron Rodgers in years' past. The same has happened this week with the Boston Herald writing about how dominant Tom Brady has been over Wade Phillips defenses since 2007.
Brady's nearly perfect 106/162 for 1,399 yards and 14 touchdowns to one interception while averaging 41.3 points per game against Phillip's 3-4 defenses is now in jeopardy as he takes on another Wade Phillips defense in this No Fly Zone. Frankly, I think there is just too much talent on the Broncos defense for Brady to have that much success. He'll take care of the football, but if the Broncos defenders can frustrate him then its going to be a lower scoring affair, which plays right into a young quarterback's hands. Brock Osweiler only needs to manage the Broncos to 24 or more points and the Broncos will have an excellent shot at winning this game.
Prediction: Broncos 24, Patriots 20
What is your prediction, Broncos Country?