Broncos (2-2) at Patriots (2-2)

Last week in Denver, the Broncos’ defense shut down the Oakland Raiders’ Darren McFadden. Last weekend at Buffalo, the Patriots had two running backs rush for more than 100 yards – Brandon Bolden and Stevan Ridley. Enlarge photo

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Last week in Denver, the Broncos’ defense shut down the Oakland Raiders’ Darren McFadden. Last weekend at Buffalo, the Patriots had two running backs rush for more than 100 yards – Brandon Bolden and Stevan Ridley.

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Opening Line: Patriots by 7

Record vs. Spread: Denver 2-2; New England 3-1

Series Record: Broncos lead 27-18

AP Pro32 Ranking: Broncos No. 13; Patriots No. 6

Last Meeting: Patriots beat Broncos 45-10 on Jan. 14, 2012

Last Week: Broncos beat Raiders 37-6; Patriots beat Bills 52-28

Broncos Offense: Overall (12), rush (14), pass (9)

Broncos Defense: Overall (7), rush (9), pass (13)

Patriots Offense: Overall (1), rush (8), pass (6)

Patriots Defense: Overall (20), rush (T7), pass (25)

Streaks, Stats and Notes: Patriots have scored at least 41 points in each of their last three wins against the Broncos and are 3-1 in the last four matchups. ... Denver has outscored opponents in the fourth quarter by a league-high 45 points. New England scored 31 against Buffalo in the fourth quarter last Sunday. ... Tom Brady and Peyton Manning meet for the 13th time and first since Manning joined Broncos. Brady has won eight of 12 meetings. ... Last season, Patriots beat Broncos 41-23 in December and 45-10 in playoffs, with Tim Tebow starting at quarterback in both games for Denver. ... In last Sunday’s win over Oakland, Manning completed 30 of 38 passes for 338 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions – and wasn’t sacked. ... Denver is 5-2 in last seven games at New England. ... Dan Koppen is expected to start at center for the Broncos after eight seasons as the Patriots’ starting center. ... Willis McGahee leads active NFL players with 32 games of at least 100 yards rushing. He ran for 112 against the Raiders. ... Eric Decker’s 24 catches and Demaryius Thomas’s 21 tied for second for receptions by teammates this season. Patriots are first with Wes Welker and former Bronco Brandon Lloyd catching 25 passes each. ... New England leads the NFL with 438.3 yards per game after gaining 580 against Buffalo. ... Against the Bills, Rob Gronkowski and Welker each had more than 100 yards receiving, while Brandon Bolden and Stevan Ridley each rushed for more than 100 yards. ... The Patriots came up with six turnovers at Buffalo, four of them interceptions. ... Brady is tied with Brett Favre for third place with 36 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass. The only players ahead of him are Drew Brees and Johnny Unitas, with 47 each. ... Stephen Gostkowski, the most accurate kicker in Patriots history, has missed three of his last four field goal attempts.

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