NFL Capsule: Broncos at Patriots

NFL Capsule: Broncos at Patriots
October 4, 2012, 1:46 pm
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DENVER (2-2) At NEW ENGLAND (2-2)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS

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, 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 (7T), PASS (25)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Patriots have scored at least 41 points in each of last three wins against Broncos and are 3-1 in last four matchups. ... Denver has outscored opponents in fourth quarter by league-high 45 points. New England scored 31 against Buffalo in fourth quarter last Sunday. ... Tom Brady and Peyton Manning meet for 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 5-2 in last seven games at New England. ... Dan Koppen expected to start at center for Broncos after eight seasons as Patriots starting center. ... Willis McGahee leads active NFL players with 32 games of at least 100 yards rushing. He ran for 112 against Raiders. ... Eric Decker with 24 catches and Demaryius Thomas with 21 tied for second for receptions by teammates this season. Patriots first with Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd catching 25 passes each. ... New England leads NFL with 438.3 yards per game after gaining 580 against Buffalo. ... Against 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. ... Patriots came up with six turnovers at Buffalo, four of them interceptions. ... Brady tied with Brett Favre for third place with 36 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass. Only players ahead are Drew Brees and Johnny Unitas, with 47 each. ... Stephen Gostkowski, most accurate kicker in Patriots history, has missed three of last four field goal attempts.

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