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Broncos at Patriots Week Five Capsule

DENVER BRONCOS (2-2) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-2)

SERIES

BRONCOS PATRIOTS
SERIES LEADER 25-17  
STREAKS 15 of past 20 overall  
COACHES VS. OPP. Fox: 1-4 Belichick: 5-10
LAST WEEK W 37-6 vs. Raiders W 52-28 at Bills
LAST REG-SEA GAME 12/18/11: Patriots 41 at Broncos 23. New England QB Tom Brady passes for 320 yards with 2 TDs & adds rushing TD as Patriots improve to 11-3.
LAST REG-SEA GAME AT SITE 10/20/08: Patriots 41, Broncos 7. New England QB Matt Cassel passes for 185 yards & 3 TDs, 2 in 2nd half, with 0 INTs for 136.3 passer rating.
BROADCAST CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms. Dial Global Radio: Kevin Kugler, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 85 (Den.), 86 (NE). XM: 226 (NE).

STATS

PASSING Manning: 99-153-1,162 (3C)-8 (T2C)-3-96.9 Brady: 101-154-1,227 (2C)-7-1-102.4
RUSHING McGahee: 69-325-4.7-3 (T2C) Ridley: 74-339-4.6-3 (T2C)
RECEIVING Decker: 24-322-13.4-1 Welker: 25 (T2C)-380 (3C)-15.2-0
OFFENSE 387.0 438.3 (1L)
TAKE/GIVE -4 +8 (1C)
DEFENSE 308.0 (3C) 366.8
SACKS Miller: 3 Jones (R): 3
INTs Porter, Woodyard: 1 McCourty, Wilson (R): 2 (T1C)
PUNTING Colquitt: 48.0 Mesko: 38.6
KICKING Prater: 32 (11/11 PAT; 7/7 FG) Gostkowski: 44 (1L) (14/14 PAT; 10/13 FG)

NOTES

BRONCOS: Have won 5 of past 7 at NE…QB PEYTON MANNING has 4 TDs in each of past 2 vs. NE. Registered 65th career game with 300+ passing yards (338) last week, most in NFL history. In past 2, Manning has 668 passing yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 103.4 rating…RB WILLIS MC GAHEE averages 90.7 rush yards per game on road as Bronco (816 yards in 9 gms). Posted 32nd career 100-yard rush game (112) last week, most among active players…WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS had 7 catches for 116 yards (16.6 avg.) in only reg. season meeting vs. NE. Recorded 4th 100-yard receiving game of career last week. In past 2, WR ERIC DECKER is averaging 107.5 rec. yards per game (215 total)…TE JOEL DREESSEN aims for 3rd straight game with TD catch. In last game vs. NE (w/ Hou. on 1/3/10), had 6 catches for 81 yards (13.5 avg.) with 1 TD…LB ELVIS DUMERVIL has 2.5 sacks in past 2…S MIKE ADAMS leads team with 8 passes defensed…PATRIOTS: In past 3 wins vs. Den. (incl. playoffs), NE averaged 42.3 points per game (41, 41, 45)…QB TOM BRADY has thrown TD pass in 36 consecutive games, tied with BRETT FAVRE (2002-04) for 3rd-longest streak in NFL history. Brady (48) needs 300-yard passing game to tie HOFer WARREN MOON (49) for 7th-most in NFL history. In past 2 vs. Den. (incl. playoffs), Brady has 10 TDs vs. 1 INT & 137.6 rating…NE became 2nd team in NFL history with 300-yard passer (Brady, 340 yards), 2 100-yard rushers (BRANDON BOLDEN, 137 & STEVAN RIDLEY, 106) & 2 100-yard receivers (WES WELKER, 129 & ROB GRONKOWSKI, 104) last week…WR WES WELKER aims for 3rd straight game with 8+ rec. & 100+ yards. Since ’07, Welker leads NFL with 579 rec. WR BRANDON LLOYD had career-best in rec. (77) & rec. yards (1,448) w/Den in ’10…TE ROB GRONKOWSKI recorded 30th TD catch in 36th game last week, fewest in NFL history by TE to 30…CB DEVIN MC COURTY tied career-high with 2 INTs last week. S TAVON WILSON leads NFL rookies with 2 INTs…LB ROB NINKOVICH has 3.5 sacks in 3 career games vs. Den. (incl. postseason).


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