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Week 12: Broncos-Patriots capsule

DENVER (9-1) at NEW ENGLAND (7-3)

Today, 8:30 p.m., NBC

OPENING LINE – Broncos by 2  1/ 2

RECORD VS. SPREAD – Denver 7-3, New England 5-5

SERIES RECORD – Broncos lead, 27-19

LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Broncos, 31-21, Oct. 7, 2012

LAST WEEK – Broncos beat Chiefs, 27-17; Patriots lost to Panthers, 24-20

AP PRO32 RANKING – Broncos No. 2, Patriots No. 6





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Peyton Manning is 4-9 in his career against Tom Brady, 0-1 since moving from Indianapolis to Denver last season. Brady is 4-6 against Denver, but won last three meetings. ... QB Manning’s 34 TD passes project to 54 for season, which would break NFL record of 50 set by Brady in 2007. ... Broncos are 20-1 in regular season since losing to Patriots in Week 5 last year. Current Broncos WR Wes Welker had 13 catches for 104 yards and TD for Patriots in that game. ... Broncos coming off victory that gave Chiefs first loss. ... Denver Interim Coach Jack Del Rio, Jacksonville’s former coach, is 0-5 in career against Patriots. He’s filling in for John Fox, who underwent heart surgery ... Julius Thomas’s 10 TD catches are tied with Shannon Sharpe for most by tight end in Broncos history. ... Denver leads NFL with 455.5 yards and 39.8 points per game. ... Broncos top NFL with 13 fourth-quarter takeaways. ... Since Bill Belichick became Patriots coach in 2000, Broncos are only team he doesn’t have winning record against, 5-5. ... QB Brady’s 83.6 passer rating his lowest since he became starter in 2001. His rating is 111.3 rating in last two games vs. Broncos. ... Patriots are 3-3 in last six games, but 5-0 at home this season. ... Loss to Panthers dropped Patriots to 24-2 in second half of season starting in 2010. ... PK Stephen Gostkowski needs one point to set Patriots record by scoring in 102 consecutive games. He shares mark with PKs Adam Vinatieri and John Smith. ... DE Chandler Jones leads Patriots with 9 1-2 sacks, including 6 1-2 in last six games. ... RB Stevan Ridley has at least one TD in five straight games. ... Patriots’ streak of 36 games with takeaway ended at Carolina.


Division leaders focus on each other, not on hype

Thursday, November 21, 2013

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady. Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots. All in front of a prime-time audience. A marquee matchup, for sure. But for the players and coaches, tonight’s game is just another obstacle on the way to the postseason. “It’s one where TV obviously wants to have it on,” Broncos Interim Coach Jack Del Rio …

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