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Brady, Patriots Will Stay Undefeated In Sunday Night Football Showdown With Broncos

Posted by on 11/25/2015 10:03:35 PM

The New England Patriots improved to 10-0 with an impressive 20-13 win over the Buffalo Bills in which they were able to overcome another pair of injuries to key wide receivers. They will certainly have to make some significant adjustments if they are going to find a way to stay undefeated again this week. The Patriots are set for another primetime matchup this week when they visit the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football and the key will be moving the ball more efficiently while keeping quarterback Tom Brady from being hit as many times as he was by the Bills. Brady was hit 15 times by the Buffalo defense and it isn’t about to get any easier for him against Denver’s second-ranked scoring defense.

New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos

Sunday November 29, 2015 – 8:30 PM ET

NFL Betting Line: New England -3

New England’s second-ranked scoring offense will be without both Julian Edelman and Dion Lewis for the second straight week but they could also be without receivers Danny Amendola and Aaron Dobson as both left Monday’s win with injuries. Even if they play they will not be at full strength so the Patriots will need to adjust. A big part of the equation could be getting their rushing attack going after LaGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden and James White struggled to get going versus the Bills. That trio combined for just 85 yards on 22 carries and will have to be better in order to keep Brady from getting hit too much. New England will also have to find a way to get the ball to tight end Rob Gronkowski more often after he was held to just two catches for 37 yards against Buffalo. Meanwhile, the Broncos have plenty of work to do themselves on offense with their quarterback situation in flux as Brock Osweiler is set to start for the second straight week ahead of the injured Peyton Manning. Osweiler completed 20-of-27 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s 17-15 win over the Chicago Bears and while those numbers aren’t exactly Pro Bowl-caliber the coaching staff had to be pleased with the fact that he didn’t turn the ball over. Tough defense, a commitment to the run and avoiding turnovers are the three biggest keys for Denver once again heading in to this week and if they are able to achieve all three things they should have a good chance to win this game at home. Ronnie Hillman and CJ Anderson combined for 161 yards on 33 carries against the Bears and they will need another strong effort against the league’s top-ranked scoring defense. New England has allowed an average of 18.2 points per game this season so as long as they hold up the offense won’t exactly have to put up 30 points to cover on the road. Expect Brady and company to figure out how to move the ball effectively against this Broncos’ defense while the Patriots’ D holds up just enough to secure the win and cover the field goal on the road.

Pick: Denver

Total: 44

Denver’s commitment to running the football and doing everything possible to avoid turnovers paid off last week and should help contribute to another lower scoring game this week. New England doesn’t have the weapons to light up a tough Broncos’ defense this week so look for this to be a tightly contested game in which the Patriots score just enough to cover the spread but not enough to push the number over the total.

Pick: UNDER

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