Denver Broncos at New England Patriots (+3,
Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will inevitably end up in the NFL
Hall of Fame together and have been compared to each other
since the former burst onto the scene in 2001. The two star
quarterbacks continue their rivalry when the New England
Patriots host the Denver Broncos on Sunday. As usual, Brady and
Manning have their respective teams near the top of the AFC and
Sunday’s meeting could have implications on postseason seeding
down the line.
Brady’s teams have defeated Manning’s 10 out of the 15
meetings, but the Broncos got the big win when it counted in
the AFC Championship game last season. “Peyton has been a
phenomenal player – so consistent and durable for a long
period,” Brady told reporters. “We’ve had a great rivalry. …
He’s always been someone I’ve really looked up to and admired.”
Denver owns the best record in the AFC and joins New England in
entering the weekend on a four-game winning streak.
TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS.
LINE HISTORY: Vegas books opened the Broncos as
3-point road faves and that hasn’t moved. The total opened 55
and is down to 54.
INJURY REPORT: Broncos – RB Montee Ball (Questionable,
groin), CB Omar Bolden (Questionable, concussion), LB Steven
Johnson (Questionable, ankle). Patiots – DB
Nate Ebner (Questionable, finger), OL Cameron Fleming
WEATHER: Temperatures in the mid-30s with a 31 percent
chance of rain. Wind will blow toward the SE endzone at 13 mph.
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Broncos (-8.75) +
Patriots (-3.75) + home field (-3.0) = Broncos -2.0
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Denver has won and covered
four straight and heads to New England for just its third road
game. 9-20 ATS in the last 29 road games versus a team with a
winning home record. New England on a four-game winning streak
after 2-2 start and plays Denver in its third-straight home
game. 3-9 ATS in the last 12 games after scoring more than 30
Expert Matt Fargo.
WHAT BOOKS SAY: “We haven’t seen a lot of movement
here. The spread ticked up to 3.5 for about 24 hours and then
got bet back down to the opener. We’re seeing good two-way
action and I still contend that the Pats are the right side.”
ABOUT THE BRONCOS (6-1 SU, 4-3 ATS, 5-2 O/U): Denver
received a few extra days to prepare after playing the Thursday
night game on Oct. 23 and has looked even better than the team
that went to the Super Bowl last season. Defensive end Von
Miller, who sat out the win over the Patriots in the AFC
Championship game, was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the
Month for October with seven sacks and cornerback Aqib Talib,
who made the Pro Bowl as a member of New England in 2013, is
now on the Broncos’ side. “I think they’re forming their
identity,” Manning told reporters of the defense. “There is no
question they’re playing with confidence, and that’s what you
ABOUT THE PATRIOTS (6-2 SU, 4-4 ATS, 6-2 O/U):
New England’s rise over the last few weeks can be directly
linked to the return to health of tight end Rob Gronkowski, who
was limited the first month while recovering from a knee injury
that knocked him out of the 2013 campaign. The player that
delivered the hit that tore up Gronkowski’s knee, safety T.J.
Ward, is now with the Broncos, and the Patriots’ star has been
avoiding making any statements directly about Ward.
Gronkowski’s statements on the field have been loud, and he is
coming off a three-TD performance in last week’s 51-23 victory
over the Chicago Bears.
* Broncos are 0-4 ATS in their last four meetings in New
* Over is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
* Home team is 4-0 ATS in their last four meetings.
* Favorite is 5-0 ATS in their last five meetings.
COVERS CONSENSUS: According to Covers Consensus, 53
percent of wagers are backing the visiting Broncos.