The NFL season is almost over, but there are still two more weeks of playoffs. Next Sunday will feature two high-profile games. The New England Patriots travel west to take on the Denver Broncos. In the NFC Championship game, it will be a battle of NFC West rivals. The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers clash one more time.
In the AFC title game, there will be no shortage of points scored. The last time these two teams played, Week 12 to be exact, there were 65 points scored, the second-highest total in a Patriots game this season. In that game, Knowshon Moreno ran for 224 yards and a touchdown. However, the Patriots defense held each Broncos receiver to under 50 yards.
For the season, the Patriots defense has done well at stopping the pass, but not the run. They allowed 16.2 (11th), 17.5 (11th), 20.0 (20th) and 7.6 (16th) fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends, respectively.
Last week against the Indianapolis Colts, the defense allowed T.Y. Hilton to total 103 receiving yards. LaVon Brazill also had 73 yards and two scores. The Patriots pass defense may be slipping a little. They gave up a total of 331 passing yards, the most all season, and with Peyton Manning and the Broncos next, things can only get worse.
This time, the meeting between the Broncos and Patriots will be in Colorado. Manning averaged 353 passing yards per home game. He had 2,821 yards at home compared to 2,656 on the road. Tom Brady, oddly enough, threw for more yards on the road (2,232) than on the road (2,111).
According to Fansided.com, the over/under for this game is 54.5 points. I believe with Brady and Manning slinging the ball, 70 points is more than achievable. Start Manning, Moreno, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas with confidence in round three of the playoffs. They will lead you to the Super Bowl with ease.