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National Football League
Preview
Denver at New England
When: 4:25 PM ET, Sunday, November 2, 2014
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

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: Broncos -3. O/U: 55

ABOUT THE BRONCOS (6-1):
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 want.”

ABOUT THE PATRIOTS (6-2): 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.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas has collected over 100 receiving yards in four straight games.

2. New England has won 13 straight regular-season home games.

3. Denver is the only team in the NFL with two players with seven or more sacks (Miller and DE DeMarcus Ware).

PREDICTION: Broncos 38, Patriots 35
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Denver 6-1 W4 32.0 20.3 5-0 1-1 5-0 1-1 0-1 2-0 4-0
New England 6-2 W4 29.8 22.1 4-0 2-2 0-2 6-0 0-0 2-1 4-2
Last Meeting
Denver New England
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
1/19/14 NE 16 DEN 26 507 107 400 320 64 256
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Denver P. Manning 74.4 400 2 0
New England T. Brady 63.2 277 1 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Denver K. Moreno 14 59 4.2 0
New England S. Vereen 4 34 8.5 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Denver D. Thomas 7 134 19.1 1
New England J. Edelman 10 89 8.9 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Denver J. Tamme 1
New England T. Brady 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Denver P. Manning 69.0 2134 22 3
New England T. Brady 64.4 2059 18 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Denver R. Hillman 75 349 4.7 2
New England S. Ridley 94 340 3.6 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Denver D. Thomas 47 767 16.3 6
New England R. Gronkowski 40 558 14.0 7
Touchdowns Player TD
Denver J. Thomas 9
New England R. Gronkowski 7