Broncos-Patriots: Week 12 Game Capsule

Share/Bookmark

Patriots Broncos

The 9-1 Denver Broncos travel to New England this week to take on the 7-3 Patriots in a Sunday night prime time game. Kickoff will commence at 6:30 pm MT and the game will be televised nationally on NBC.

Last week, the Broncos defeated Kansas City, handing the Chiefs their first loss of the season. With the win, Denver is now tied with Kansas City for the best record in the AFC at 9-1. The Broncos lead the NFL with 398 points scored – the 3rd-most ever by a team through the first 10 games of a season.

New England leads the AFC East by two games and the Patriots are 5-0 at home. In last week’s 24-20 loss at Carolina on Monday night, Brady made his 185th career NFL start with Bill Belichick as his head coach, the most starts by a Quarterback under one head coach in NFL history.

For the 14th time in their careers, including the postseason, Quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning led teams will meet. Brady owns a 9-4 career record against Manning. Peyton has passed for a league-best 3,572 yards and 34 Touchdowns in 2013.

This game will be the first in NFL history in which both starting Quarterbacks are at least 90 games over .500 in the regular season. In their careers, Brady is +101 (143-42) and Manning is +92 (163-71).

NBC Sports analyst Cris Collinsworth:

“What’s remarkable is that these two guys have been able to keep their teams on top, almost no matter what. All they do is keep on winning. That’s how great they are.”

This will mark only the 2nd time in NFL history that two starting quarterbacks with 140+ career regular-season wins each meet in a game. The previous matchup featured Elway (147) of the Denver Broncos and Marino (141) of the Miami Dolphins on December 21, 1998.

CBS Sports’ NFL Today analyst Marino:

“If you look at their careers and what they’ve done over time; the Super Bowls they’ve played in and won, their consistency each and every week – that is what separates them from the rest,” says. “They always give their team a chance to win when they’re on the field.”

Two-time NFL MVP and NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner provides the keys to success this season for Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

Tom Brady

“Tom is one of those few quarterbacks that we say makes everyone around him better. He continues to lead, he continues to make plays and continues to find ways to win football games. It’s been the most impressive season up to this point of him being able to will his team to win.”

Peyton Manning

“The biggest thing for Peyton is he’s comfortable in a system. It’s his second year in the system, they really developed it around the players that they have, and then you add another guy like Wes Welker to the mix. They have playmakers. Julius Thomas has come on the scene. We already knew how great Peyton was, now you add all of these weapons at his disposal. That just takes him to another level and that’s why we’re seeing such a great start by Peyton.”

 

BRONCOS

  • QB PEYTON MANNING aims for his 5th consecutive 300-yard passing game. He is averaging 359.3 pass yards per game on road in 2013, the best in NFL.

  • RB KNOWSHON MORENO averages 93.6 scrimmage yards per game this season. His best effort against the Patriots came in 2009, when he totaled 124 scrimmage yards (88 rush, 36 receiving).

  • Moreno has only forced eight Missed Tackles on him in his 150 carries. That is a rate of 0.05 players missing a Tackle on him per attempt and is the 2nd lowest rate for Running Backs with at least 50 carries.

  • RB MONTEE BALL had a career-high 2 rushing Touchdowns last week.

  • WR WES WELKER spent 6 seasons (2007-12) with New England, totaling 672 receptions, the most in Patriots history.

  • WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS aims for a 3rd straight game with 100+ receiving yards vs. New England.

  • TE JULIUS THOMAS (10) needs one Touchdown catch to pass SHANNON SHARPE (10 in ’96 & ’98) for the career single season mark by a Denver Tight End.

  • LB VON MILLER had 2 Sacks and a Forced Fumble in the last game vs. New England.

  • DE SHAUN PHILLIPS (9) needs 3 Sacks to surpass his career-best of 11.5 in 2006.

 

PATRIOTS

  • Seek their 4th consecutive win against Denver (incl. postseason). They have won 7 of their past 8 games at home in November.

  • QB TOM BRADY has 9 Touchdowns vs. 3 Interceptions and a 92.3 Rating at home this season.

  • His 348 TD passes ae the 5th-most in NFL history and he has a 34-12 (.739) record as starter in November, the 4th-best in the Super Bowl era (min. 20 starts).

  • In his past 2 meetings vs. the Broncos, Brady is 2-0 and has completed 46 of 65 passes (70.8 pct.) for 543 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs and a 111.3 rating.

  • RB STEVAN RIDLEY had a career-high 151 rush yards in last game against Denver.

  • RB SHANE VEREEN had a team-high in catches (8, career-high) and receiving yards (65) last week.

  • RB BRANDON BOLDEN has averaged 3.4 yards before contact per attempt, which is the highest rate in the league. Only two other backs with at least 30 carries have above 3.0 yards before contact per attempt.

  • TE ROB GRONKOWSKI registered his 40th TD catch last week in the fewest games (47) by a Tight End in NFL history.

  • DE CHANDLER JONES has 6.5 Sacks in the last 6 games and has a career-high 9.5 Sacks this season.

  • DE ROB NINKOVICH is looking for his 4th straight game with a Sack. He has 4.5 Sacks in 4 career games against the Broncos (incl. postseason).

  • K STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI has made 19 consecutive FGs.

 

The Broncos are favored by 2.5 points this week, with an Over/Under of 55 points.

 

Go Broncos!

– Kaptain Kirk

Follow me on Twitter

Kaptain Kirk on Facebook