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There has been no trash talking between these two rivals - just a love fest in fact - and it’s getting a little too sweet for my taste.

Good morning, Broncos Country!

It’s Patriots Week, and given the history between these two teams in recent years, you’d think players would be throwing barbs across the airwaves, talking a little trash to get ready for another showdown in the AFC.

But instead of any shade, players from the two hated rivals have been acting like gentlemen – even complimenting each other of all things.

"He’s pretty great every single play," Tom Brady said of Von Miller, adding that the linebacker can do it all – rush the passer, drop into coverage, defend the run. "He’s phenomenal."

Bill Belichick uncharacteristically expanded on those thoughts by his quarterback.

"Yeah Von Miller is really good. …He’s explosive, he’s fast, quick, can play with power. Even when you get him blocked he doesn’t stay blocked," Belichick said. "He's got the ability to separate, instinctive, he’s quick to get off, anticipate plays, screens and misdirection plays and things you think would slow him down. He sees them and reacts to them very quickly. He's an outstanding player."

Brady also told the press that the reigning Super Bowl MVP reminds him of Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor.

"They both look like they could kill quarterbacks," Brady said.

And apparently the Broncos got the same PR memo as the Patriots because they were all about that praise for Belichick and Brady.

"They’re one of the best teams in football, if not the best team in football right now," Miller said. "It’s been like that every time I’ve played them. You definitely have to be on your Ps and Qs. You definitely have to be focused."

Wade Phillips commended the Patriots for shoring up their offensive line and adding a run game – two weaker areas in previous seasons that will be tougher for the Broncos to exploit Sunday.

"You can tell their line has improved overall. Brady’s only been sacked 12 times this year. He hasn’t been hit that much, so the protection seems to be a lot better than they were last year," Phillips said, adding that the Broncos hit Brady a lot last year and No. 12 still made big plays. "He’s a phenomenal quarterback. There’s nobody playing like him."

Then it was Gary Kubiak’s turn.

"When you play them, you know you’re playing an elite group," the coach said. "They’re playing that way this year. They’ve been exceptional. We need to come back and play better. It’s the ultimate challenge in football, it really is."

Aqib Talib chimed in on his former team too.

"[Brady] is the best quarterback in the league. He is a Hall of Fame quarterback [and] anytime that you have a chance to go compete against him, you can’t turn that down," the fiery cornerback said. "If you are an ultimate competitor – and we have a bunch of ultimate competitors on our team – you can’t turn that opportunity down. We’re looking forward to it."


WHAT HAPPENED TO Derek "I’m going to eat your kids" Wolfe or Von "I’ll rub my nuts in your face" Miller?




Thankfully, my man Von has my back on this. He knows exactly how this team needs to be thinking this week.

While Miller very much appreciated the L.T. compliment from Brady, No. 58 didn’t want to be hearing all that before the game.

"I just can’t sit here and let that melt me and be soft coming into the game," Miller said Thursday. "I appreciate it. It’s a compliment coming from a great player. I can’t let that take my stinger away."

You got that right, Von.

In fact, bring a few extra stingers would you? Give a couple to Sly Williams and Jared Crick. Better yet, hand a couple to our offensive line because they need something to beat back a front seven that’s been holding strong and is ranked ninth overall, sixth against the run.

T.J. Ward’s got the right attitude about the Patriots – "disdain."

Well, OK, he said "respectful" too.

"We’re two of the best in the business. Anytime you have two organizations that are on top the division most of the years and battling for big trophies and championships, there’s going to be a disdain," Ward said. "There’s going to be a dislike and that’s OK. It’s football. It’s cool to dislike your opponent."

That’s what I’m talking about.

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