The one playoff contending Broncos have lost four-straight - their first such losing streak in the John Elway era. The frustration is mounting and the key to this game will be entirely on the offense getting off to a fast start to give the defense hope of an actual competitive game from them for the first time since Week 2.
Kickoff is set for Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 6:30 a.m. Mile High time at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.
TV schedule and TV channels
The crew for NBC that will cover this game will be Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color analyst), and Michele Tafoya (sideline reporting).
The game will air nationally on NBC.
NFL Game Pass offers live audio and re-airs after the game.
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).
Nationally, the game will air on WestwoodOne Sports with Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Jason Taylor (color analyst).
Colorado can listen on KOA (850 AM/94.1 FM) or The Fox (103.5 FM) with Dave Logan (play-by-play), Rick Lewis (color analyst) and Tyler Polumbus (sideline reporting).
Spanish radio KNVR (1150 AM) will also broadcast the game with Javier Olivias (play-by-play), Carlos Valdez (color analyst) and Hectar Salazar (sideline reporting).
The odds in this game were up near 8.5 points earlier in the week, but that has steadily fallen to just a touchdown by game day. That is kind of a positive, but it will be hard to see anything as a positive until the Broncos offense starts scoring points again.
I really liked a quote from Von Miller this week on his mentality of going up against a player like Tom Brady. Many players would get tense and try not to make mistakes against a guy like Brady, but Miller relishes the opportunity to be even greater in that moment and make the guys life miserable for 60 minutes.
“He’s the G.O.A.T.,” Miller said of Brady. “I mean I’m going against the G.O.A.T.. There’s two different types of emotions you can have going against the best. You can have the emotion of, oh man, this guy’s great. He’s going to do this or he’s going to do that. You go into the game expecting that or you can have that emotion like, I’m going against the best, I’m going to go out here and I’m going to play lights out so I can show everybody what we’re about and show everybody that we are great too. That has been my mentality since 2011 when I came into the National Football League and we played [former Broncos QB] with Tim Tebow versus the Patriots here. We have a great team and I’m excited to go out here. That is the mentality I have had every single time I play the Patriots.”
Unlike many fans, I’m not throwing in the towel just yet. This isn’t a 6-10 talent team. This is a minimum 10-6 talent team. The games just haven’t gone their way and it has almost entirely been due to poor coaching and poor quarterback play.
In the NFL, however, any given Sunday is a real thing. And on this Sunday, I’m predicting the Broncos save their season for another week with a huge moral-boosting victory over a strong Patriots team.
Go get that mojo back, Denver!
Prediction: Broncos 31, Patriots 24.