Manning, Broncos Visit Brady, Patriots
This week’s marquee online sports betting matchup between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots is also a potential preview of this year’s AFC Championship game. With both teams battling for the top seed in the conference, there will be even more fuel added to the rivalry that exists between these two teams. Peyton Manning, Wes Welker, and the Broncos roll in to town on the heels of their biggest game of the year after knocking off the Kansas City Chiefs and taking over top spot in the AFC West via the tie break in the division. However, the Broncos have a tough two-week stretch at New England this Sunday and then at Kansas City the following week in two games that will have a huge impact on how the chips fall in the AFC this season.
Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots
Sunday November 24, 2013 – 4:05 PM ET
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
NFL Sports Betting Line: Denver – 2.5
The Patriots have their own concerns after last week’s controversial loss to the Carolina Panthers, and won’t want to waste any time getting back on track. Part of the problem for New England this year has been the lack of targets for Tom Brady in the passing game and while a big part of that has to do with injuries, it didn’t help that Welker skipped town this past offseason.
NFL Betting Preview: Denver Broncos
Welker practiced this week for Denver and is expected to play Sunday despite a concussion, and you better believe he will hear it from the fans. The Broncos’ offense had enough weapons before Welker decided to leave town and join one of New England’s biggest rivals this year, and the results have been devastating for the rest of the league. Denver is on pace to set records this year as Manning has been able to spread the ball around to Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Julius Thomas, and company, and they will undoubtedly be looking to put on a show this week.
NFL Betting Preview New England Patriots
The Patriots’ defense will have its hands full trying to defend the Broncos’ attack, and that will put an even greater emphasis on Brady and the offense to step up. You have to believe this one is personal for Brady as he looks to make a statement against Manning and Welker, and having a healthy Rob Gronkowski will be key. Injuries have taken their toll on the New England offense all year, but they are still among the most dangerous in the NFL when healthy. The Patriots will also need to run the ball more with Stevan Ridley and company in order to control the clock and keep the ball out of Manning’s hands, and avoiding turnovers will be key.
NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick
New England will continue to improve as it continues to get healthy, but right now there are simply too many holes to come out on top against a team as talented as the Broncos. Manning will air it out from the outset and spread the ball around to all of his targets, as Denver continues to gain steam with another big online betting win on the road at New England as they move one step closer to locking up the top seed in the AFC.
NFL Betting Pick: Denver Broncos – 2.5