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November 21, 2013

Three things to watch in Pats-Broncos matchup


Brady’s numbers as no longer gaudy, as he is on pace for 22 TD passes (the lowest TD total since 2001) and 11 interceptions. Before you think, “That’s lousy,” think again. In Brady’s three Super Bowl winning seasons (‘01, ‘03, ‘04) he averaged 23 TD passes and 12 interceptions.

While we can agree Brady hasn’t been himself, he is playing more of a “team” game, which will no doubt do him justice (with some healthy players, of course), in January.

Manning, to the contrary, is on pace to top Brady’s NFL record 50 TD passes in 2007 (Manning, at 34, is slated to his 54) with 10 interceptions (Brady had 8 in 2007).

Manning is also the second rated passer, in terms of QB Rating, at 118.3 compared to Brady’s pedestrian 83.6, which has him 18th among NFL starting QBs.

The point is we’re back where we started with these two. Manning is lighting up the scoreboard. Brady is moving the chains.

And the other important factor: Both are winning.

While it seems every game this duo plays is a big one, this actually is a very big one. The Patriots become a threat to win a bye in the playoffs and possibly host Denver again in January as the Broncos have a tough tilt in Kansas City the following weekend.

Patriots remaining 2013 schedule Sun, Nov. 24 vs Denver 8:30 p.m. Sun, Dec. 1 @ Houston 1 p.m. Sun, Dec. 8 vs Cleveland 1 p.m. Sun, Dec. 15 @ Miami 1 p.m. Sun, Dec. 22 @Baltimore 8:30 p.m. Sun, Dec. 29 vs Buffalo 1 p.m.

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