If you were sitting around debating whether or not to fire up that free one-week trial of CBS All Access, the Patriots-Broncos game should put an end to the discussion. Sign up ASAP, because this is the sort of epic AFC battle you want to see when the chips are all down late in the season.
New England is coming off a critical home win against the Ravens, putting Baltimore in a very uncomfortable position when it comes to the playoffs. Tom Brady and Co. have an opportunity for revenge from last year’s AFC Championship Game by being able to put Denver much closer to missing the playoffs this season.
The Broncos’ 8-5 record has them currently in the No. 6 position in the AFC, but they’re clinging to that lead with a difficult stretch of games to close out the season. They host New England before traveling to Kansas City and then closing with Oakland at home. That’s the three best teams in the AFC to wrap up the year.
All are winnable games, certainly, but Denver didn’t flash a recipe for success last week against the Titans in a 13-10 loss that featured an absurd 51 passing attempts from Trevor Siemian. Justin Forsett — who was signed off the street earlier in the week — paced the team in rushing attempts and rushing yards. Devontae Booker’s rookie season has taken a turn for the worse.
The Patriots aren’t a team you want to engage in a shootout either. Brady showed Monday you can take away whatever weapons you want and bring whatever defense you want at him (the Ravens ranked No. 1 overall heading into Week 14) and he’s still going to put up numbers.
Denver presents a different challenge, though. With Aqib Talib (a former Patriot himself) and Chris Harris in the secondary, there are some serious challenges for the Pats’ wide receivers.
The Broncos are desperate at home and the Patriots are looking to snuff out a conference rival while securing the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC. This has major league barn-burner potential.
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How to Watch
What: New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos
When: Sunday, Dec. 18, 4:25 p.m. ET
Where: Sports Authority Field, Denver, Colo.
Streaming: CBS All Access
Sunday Ticket: DirecTV
Online: NFL Game Pass (available to watch online after midnight)
Odds: The Patriots are 3-point favorites, according to SportsLine.
WR Danny Amendola (Ankle) — Out
TE Martellus Bennett (Ankle/Shoulder) — Questionable
CB Malcolm Butler (Hip) — Questionable
LB Dont’a Hightower (Knee)– Questionable
DB Jordan Richards (Knee) — Questionable
LB Elandon Roberts (Hamstring) — Questionable
DB Eric Rowe (Hamstring) — Questionable
WR Matthew Slater (Foot) — Questionable
LB Brandon Marshall (Hamstring) — Out
LB Todd Davis (Rib) — Questionable
The Patriots, and especially Tom Brady, impressed against the top-ranked Baltimore defense Monday night. But this is a tough turnaround and the Patriots struggled here in the AFC Championship Game last January. They will fare better today. Brady stays hot — even against this talented defense. Source