|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFLThis Sunday afternoon, the Denver Broncos leave the Mile High City and travel to take on the New England Patriots. The game is scheduled to kick off at 4:25 PM ET in Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA, and you can watch all of the action regionally on CBS.
Denver comes into this game after a rout of the Oakland Raiders, 37-6. They held Oakland to just two field goals in the first half, not allowing a single touchdown and shutting them out in the second half of the game. The Broncos held a 503-237 edge in total yards, and a 26-12 edge in first downs. QB Peyton Manning threw 30-of-38, for 338 yards, and 3 touchdowns. RB Willis McGahee ran for 112 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
The Patriots are coming off of a 52-28 rout of the Buffalo Bills. Down 21-7 in the third quarter, the Pats scored 6 straight touchdowns to run away with the victory. That included a 31-point fourth quarter, and they set a franchise record with 45 total second half points. New England held a 580-438 edge in offensive yards, and forced 6 Buffalo turnovers, including 4 INTs. They also held a 247-98 edge in rushing yards. QB Tom Brady threw 22-of-36, for 340 yards, and 3 touchdowns. The Patriots are averaging 33.4 ppg in their last 16.
The Broncos are 2-2 ATS on the year so far, and 0-1 ATS as an away underdog. The Patriots are 6-1 ATS as a favorite when facing an opponent from the AFC West. They are 3-1 ATS on the season, and 0-1 ATS as a home favorite.
These two teams have met 10 times since 2001, with Denver leading the series 6-4. Their last meeting, in January 2012, resulted in a 45-10 New England victory. In that one, the Patriots were favored by 13 ½ points. Another 2011 matchup, in December, had the Pats winning 41-23, after they were favored by 7 points.
For this Sunday's game, New England is a 6 ½ point favorite from Bet Royal Sportsbook. The over/under is set at 52 points.
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