Patriots vs Broncos: AFC Heavyweights Duel in Denver
Broncos need to kick it up after recent stumbles
Led by a dominating defense, the Broncos fired out of the gate with an 8-0 record and win number eight was an impressive 29-10 dismantling of the previously undefeated Green Bay Packers. That said, the perfect start wasn’t without some struggles as Peyton Manning looked like a slow old man playing a fast kids game and the Denver running attack was largely firing blanks. Perhaps a prelude of things to come, the Broncos warts were on full display as Denver lost 27-24 to the Colts in Indianapolis in Week 9 and then Manning was mangled during a 29-13 crushing at home versus the suddenly streaking Kansas City Chiefs during Week 10 action. Making his first career start, during his fourth NFL season, QB Brock Osweiler led the Broncos to a 17-15 win over the Bears in Chicago last weekend.
Patriots are perfect while the World is still searching for a win
As their “Us Against the World” season continues, the Patriots continue to hop over hurdles and the World is still winless. New England (10-0) has faced notable injuries at wide receiver, running back and on their offensive line but QB Tom Brady and a sneaky good defense continue to power the Patriots perfect season. While Bill Belichick & Crew most likely don’t care about posting a 16-0 record – home field advantage in the AFC playoffs is definitely a goal moving forward. New England has endured some struggles along their path to perfection recently as they needed a miracle in the Meadowlands to beat the Giants 27-26 in Week 10 and then squeaked out a 20-13 win at home over Buffalo during their Monday Night Football fight six days ago. The Patriots physically limp in Mile High Country today.
Patriots vs Broncos NFL Week 12 Prediction: Both sides have key injuries but New England definitely gets the short end of the stick in that dynamic. Osweiler in and the present day Manning out doesn’t hurt and may be an upgrade at QB for Denver. Both teams are missing two of their top players on defense as outside linebackers Jamie Collins (NE) and DeMarcus Ware (DEN) won’t play today. Due to more injuries than we can list, Chris Harper and Keshawn Martin, who were the 8th and 9th wide receivers on the New England depth chart not long ago, are now starters. Brady was under siege all night against the Bills and that same patchwork O-Line now has to protect against a Denver pass rush that leads the league with 34 sacks. While it’s normally unwise to bet against Tom Brady, his lack of quality weapons in so many key areas means we have to fade him here. Give us the Broncos with a 500 unit wager on the money line price posted on the NFL betting board at the TopBet sportsbook.
New England Patriots vs Denver Broncos – TopBet Sportsook NFL Week 12 Betting Lines
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