NEW ENGLAND (10-0) at DENVER (8-2)
Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
OPENING LINE - Patriots by 5
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Patriots 5-3-2, Broncos 6-4
SERIES RECORD - Broncos lead 28-21
LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Broncos 43-21, Nov. 2, 2014
AP PRO32 RANKING - Patriots No. 1, Broncos No. 5
PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (28), PASS (1).
PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (2), PASS (21).
BRONCOS OFFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (27), PASS (17).
BRONCOS DEFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (7), PASS (1).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Bill Belichick is 8-11 against Broncos. His counterpart, Gary Kubiak, is 1-4 against Patriots. ... Patriots are 10-0 for second time in their history and have reached double digit wins for 13th consecutive season, second all-time to San Francisco 49ers' streak of 16 from 1983-98. ... QB Tom Brady has won five of his last six against Denver, passing for 17 TDs and two interceptions. ... Brady is four TD throws shy of surpassing Dan Marino for third on all-time list, but is receiving corps has been depleted with injuries to Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and RB Dion Lewis. ... RB James White scored first two career TDs last week in win over Buffalo. ... In five games against Broncos, TE Rob Gronkowski has five TDs among 34 catches for 428 yards. ... DE Chandler Jones ranks second in NFL with 10 1-2 sacks. ... Broncos QB Brock Osweiler won his first career start at Chicago last week and was AFC's offensive player of week. He threw for 250 yards and two TDs with no interceptions. It was first game this year Denver didn't have turnover. ... Osweiler became first QB in Super Bowl era to make first NFL start and win on birthday. He's 25. ... QB Peyton Manning, who has faced Brady 16 times in career, will sit out second straight game with torn plantar fascia in left foot that will keep him sidelined at least until mid-December. ... RB Ronnie Hillman is coming off third 100-yard game of season. He's averaging 5.8 yards per attempt in last four games. ... In six career games against New England, WR Demaryius Thomas has 40 receptions for 691 yards and two TDs. Since 2010, Thomas has 43 TD catches, second most among AFC wide receivers. ... ILB Brandon Marshall leads team with 78 tackles and ILB Danny Trevathan has 74, including 19 two weeks ago at Indianapolis. ... OLB Von Miller has four sacks in last three games against Patriots. ... Fantasy Tip: TE Vernon Davis had season-high 68 yards on six catches last week.
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