Peyton Manning and Tom Brady go head-to-head for the 13th time in their careers as the Denver Broncos take on the New England Patriots Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
The game begins at 4:25 p.m. EDT and will be shown by CBS, or watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
The Broncos hope their change at quarterback will bring a much better result than when they last faced New England in last season’s 45-10 playoff rout with Tim Tebow under center.
Manning and Denver avoided a three game losing streak by shutting out the Oakland Raiders in the second half of their 37-6 victory last week. Manning went 30-for-38 for three scores, including a 17-yard strike to receiver Eric Decker and a 14-yard pass to running back Lance Ball in Denver’s 21-point third quarter.
Willis McGahee contributed 112 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, and the Denver defense only allowed 56 Oakland rushing yards.
Such a dominant performance is unlikely against a Patriots team hot off a 52-28 win over the Buffalo Bills, in which New England had two receivers and two running backs with more than 100 yards.
The Patriots were down 21-7 after Buffalo receiver Donald Jones caught a 68-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick with 11:08 left in the third quarter, but responded with 45-7 run.
Brady went 22-for-36 for 340 yards and three touchdowns, rookie running back Stevan Ridley gained 106 yards and two scores, and receiver Wes Welker had nine receptions for 129 yards.
New England did lose two of three fumbles, but cornerback Devin McCourty picked off two of the Patriots four interceptions on the day.
Betting Odds: New England is favored by 7 points; Over/Under: 51.5 points
Prediction: When these future Hall of Fame quarterbacks meet games typically come down to the wire and Sunday should be no exception. Expect a high scoring affair and the team that wins will score on the final possession of the game. New England appears to have right the ship and should walk away with a victory.
Predicted Score: New England 35, Denver 27
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