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Denver Broncos: 5 Players To Watch This Weekend

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5 Denver Broncos Players to Watch

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This old AFL Rivalry should be one to remember.

The Denver Broncos and New England Patriots are going head-to-head this Sunday Night in Foxboro. This game has early playoff implications, as this game could determine who has the inside track for at least a first round bye, if not home field advantage throughout the AFC Playoffs. Oh, and there is that matchup between those two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks named Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. I almost forgot to mention that they are playing each other for the 14th time in their careers.

There is really no need to explain how important this game will mean to both teams; it has been the most talked about game in the media for a week now. Most players on both sides probably circled this game once the schedule came out, especially Manning and Brady. This will be the Broncos' next test. If they can pass this one and come away with a win, there is no doubt that they will be one of the teams to be watching when the playoffs start. The Broncos need to only win one more game to secure 10 wins or more for the second straight year. It can be easily said that both teams are looking forward to going up against each other, especially with so many story lines surrounding this game.

With that being said, here are five Broncos' players to keep an eye out for during this game. These players could be on this list because of the coverage that they have received in the media, or could make that big play that changes the game.

Tylor Walden is a Denver Broncos writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylorDWalden, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5. Von Miller

Von Miller
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Ever since Von Miller came back from his suspension, he has not only made plays on defense, but he has given the Broncos' defense quite a boost and put them in the discussion as a solid unit. How will the offensive line be able to handle Miller and the pass rush? If they are not able to do it, Brady will be on his back all night long.

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4. Derek Wolfe

Derek Wolfe
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Speaking of defense, Derek Wolfe has turned into quite the pass rusher, and he is not even a linebacker. This defensive lineman has done a great job in only his second year in the NFL. Look for him to try to create pressure on Brady, as well as help keep the Patriots' running game at a minimum. This player is something special for the Broncos' defense.

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3. Knowshon Moreno

Knowshon Moreno
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You know with Manning and his ankle that the defense of the Patriots will look to get him on his back. Enter Knowshon Moreno, who should help relieve some of that pressure with the running game and as a blocking back. He should be relied on to help Manning keep the game going in his favor.

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2. Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning
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Speaking of Manning, any player that has a future in Canton has to be talked about. Manning has that mentality to read the opposing defense and make changes to favor whatever he feels would provide a positive result for the team in the long run. Look for Manning to have a great game on the biggest stage against his biggest rival.

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1. Wes Welker

Wes Welker
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Of course, I was going to mention a player going up against his former team. Wes Welker was able to pass concussion tests and is probable for the game. There was no doubt that he would play. It is his chance to show the Patriots that not signing him was a mistake. Look for him to try to score at least one touchdown on his former team.