The Patriots completely dominated the Broncos in a lopsided 41-7 Week 7 victory last season.
The Broncos have won five of the past seven meetings and have a decisive 26-16 overall series advantage, including the playoffs.
A late Brandon Marshall touchdown propelled the Broncos past the visiting Cowboys, 17-10. ... New England staved off a late Baltimore rally, to earn a 27-21 victory.
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Randy Moss' downfield presence: With Wes Welker out in Weeks 2 and 3, Moss shifted from his normal role of working on a lot of deep routes and ran a lot of underneath patterns. The result was 14 receptions, but for only 140 yards (a 10-yard per catch average). Now with Welker back, Moss can go back to getting downfield and giving Tom Brady a home run threat.
The Patriots' blitz packages: With a still-developing, young defense, New England has turned to a much more aggressive scheme this season. The Patriots are blitzing more often and leaving their cornerbacks in a lot more man coverage.
Brandon Marshall's playmaking: The Broncos receiver appears to have mended fences with coach Josh McDaniels and he possesses the kind of athleticism that could burn the Patriots if they get caught blitzing and he gets single covered. If the ground game struggles against New England's 11th-ranked rushing defense, the Broncos may need Marshall to break a long touchdown the way he did last week against Dallas.
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Since 2006, Brady is 10-0 in October. ... Moss ranks second in league history with 61 100-yard receiving games (Jerry Rice, 76). ... Broncos QB Kyle Orton is 25-12 as a starter. ... Denver RB Knowshon Moreno leads all rookies with 249 yards rushing.ESPN.com:
It’s no surprise that running back Correll Buckhalter didn’t practice Wednesday. He has a high-ankle sprain and he may end up missing one to two weeks. Denver safety Brian Dawkins didn’t practice because of knee and shoulder injuries. It would be a surprise if he didn’t play against New England on Sunday.
Good surprise: It has to be Denver’s defensive effort, which has, in turn, created another surprise: Denver’s 4-0 start. Yet, the Broncos would not be one of five unbeaten teams in the NFL if it weren’t for the defense. The Broncos’ defense was terrible the past two years, but under new coach Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, the new-look unit has thrived. Using the 3-4 defense, Denver has surrendered a league-low 26 points. The next closest in the league is 53 points, which is more than double what Denver has allowed. It’s been a shocking turnaround.
MVP: San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers is the best player in the AFC West and he has had an outstanding start to the season. But the Broncos have been the story of the division this quarter and the MVP has to come from the team with a two-game lead, so we’re going with Denver linebacker Elvis Dumervil. He is tied for the NFL lead in sacks with eight. He has made the transition from being an end in the 4-3 to a linebacker. He is becoming a bona fide star and he is a major reason for Denver’s resurgence on defense.
What to watch for in the next quarter: It starts with whether Denver can continue to play well against better competition. It had a good start against Dallas. Now, Denver plays New England, San Diego, Baltimore and Pittsburgh. If the Broncos can split these two games, they will be in good shape.
- The Broncos, who are 4-0 for the first time in six seasons, will wear the uniform designs worn by the club in its 1960 inaugural season (brown helmet, mustard-colored jersey, brown pants and vertically striped socks).
- was part of three Super Bowl wins as an assistant with the Patriots from 2001-08. During his three years as offensive coordinator (2006-08), the Patriots scored an NFL-best 1,384 points.
- The Broncos own the NFL’s top record against the Patriots since 2001 with a 5-2 mark and are a league-best 16-4 (.800) versus the club in the Pat Bowlen era (since 1984).
- QB is 17-2 (.895) at home as a starter for his NFL career for the best winning percentage by a QB since the 1970 merger (min. 15 starts). He is the only starting QB in the NFL to not throw an interception this year and owns five touchdown passes along with a 97.7 passer rating.
- WR gained 33 yards after the catch on his 51-yard game-winning touchdown reception last week against Dallas. Since 2007, he ranks second among NFL WRs in yards after the catch (1,068).
- Coached by long-time NFL defensive coordinator , the Broncos have tied for the fifth-fewest points allowed (26) by an NFL team through its first four games of a season since the 1970 merger.Denver leads the league in several other defensive categories, including yards per play (4.0), touchdowns allowed (2) and fewest 10-yard plays (33).
- OLB/DE , who is tied for first in the NFL with eight sacks, has recorded multiple sacks in each of Denver’s last three games.
- The Broncos lead the AFC and rank second in the NFL in average opponent drive start after kickoffs (21.0-yard line).
- K was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September, becoming the first Denver kicker to win the award since 2001.
I am looking for big games from a few players and one Coach. I want to see McD have a big game and show us and the rest of the world why he is our coach. I want to see big games out of Brandon Marshall and Knowshon Moreno. If we want to win this week these two will need to play well. Also I want to see 'Doom'ervil have another big game. He is on pace for a 32 sack season, another 2 sacks out of him would be nice.
I think this game will be hard fought and very close, I think a field goal will be the difference. Not sure which team it will be though, head says Pats heart says Broncos. The main thing I want to see, like I said before is to give it to the Pats in all areas of the game, show we are contenders. 23-20 or 20-17 scoreline. On a side note wouldn't it be good to go 5-0, remember Rod Smith was the first to call it, when he gave it to Jamie Dukes on NFL Network. It would be good to stick it in Dumbass Dukes face.
Four football fans; a Broncos fan, a Cowboys fan, a Chargers
fan, and a Patriots fan are climbing a mountain and arguing about who loves his team more.
The Dallas fan insists he is the most loyal. 'This is
for the Cowboys!' he yells, and jumps off the side of the mountain.
Not to be outdone, the San Diego fan shouts, 'This is for the
Chargers!' and throws himself off the mountain.
The Denver fan is next to profess his love for his team.
He yells, 'This is for everyone!' and pushes the Patriot fan off the
That is it from me ~ Aussie out