Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos have gotten off to a great start this season. The Broncos are 9-1 and Manning is on pace to have a historic season by shattering the passing touchdown record set by his nemesis Tom Brady at 50.
Speaking of Brady, that’s exactly who the Broncos travel to Foxborough to face on Sunday Night. This will be a game of epic proportions. Home field in the playoffs is on the line, and this game very well may dictate if the playoffs go through New England or Denver.
The New England Patriots also won’t be in the most pleasant of moods. A game was stolen from them on Monday night in a very dicey and controversial call by the referees. They will be looking to take their anger out on someone. That happens to be the Broncos.
Brady has also gotten the best of Manning in their respective careers. He has a 9-4 record in their head-to-head matchups and usually finds a way to win against the greatness that is Manning.
The Patriots defense is a key in all this. They are tied for 7th in the league in sacks as a team, so there is a good chance Manning won’t have a clean pocket to pick apart a shaky Pats secondary all game long.
The Broncos defense on the other hand is struggling to rush the passer and has been especially bad in the secondary as they are near the bottom of the league in pass defense. Expect a potential shoot out and a game that goes down to the wire. In New England with the game on the line, I find it near impossible not to go with Brady in that situation.
Final score. 37-34 Patriots.