Denver Broncos at New England Patriots: Preview and Pick
6 Replies | 348 ViewsOn 11/19/2013 05:59 PM in NFL
The Sunday night football game in the National Football League for week 12 will be one of the most highly anticipated games of the year. The Denver Broncos are arguably the best team in football and Peyton Manning and Tom Brady will renew their rivalry once again when the Broncos head to New England to take on the Patriots.
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots Odds
The opening NFL point spread for this game has the Broncos listed as (-3) road chalk. This is the first time that the Patriots are going to be home underdogs in a very long time. This shows you just how good that the Broncos are. The sports betting public believes in this line as over 76 percent of the early action at the betting window is on the Broncos. This like has slightly dipped and can be found at (-2.5) at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.
How will the Patriots' defense that couldn't come up with the key stop on third down against the Panthers get the job done against the Denver Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning next week? The Patriots' third-down defense surrendered eight conversions in 11 attempts against Carolina, as Panthers quarterback Cam Newton dazzled with some impressive runs. Manning won't beat many opponents with his feet, but he can carve a team up through the air.
That has to be a concern for the Patriots, who played against Carolina without two starters, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (knee) and safety Steve Gregory (broken thumb). Cornerback Kyle Arrington (groin) also is ailing, and No. 1 corner Aqib Talib (hip) didn't finish the game. Going against Manning with a banged-up secondary isn't ideal. This is something that Manning could take advantage of if the Patriots will not enter this game at full strength.
The latest football betting trends for this game reveal that both of these teams have some positive trends. The Patriots are 53-22-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last 77 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games when playing on Sunday following a Monday night game and 30-12-1 ATS in their last 43 games following a straight up loss. The Broncos are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games, 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 against the AFC and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games in November.
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.