Patriots (11-6) at Broncos (13-3)
Time: 8 p.m. ET, CBS
This could be a real good game. Home-field advantage will play a huge role for the Broncos, who play so well at home. The way Denver can do things offensively, mixing a strong running game with bootlegs by Jake Plummer and deep passes, New England will have a hard time tuning into the Denver attack.
To beat the Patriots, a team has to do everything well: Run, use play action and pass. This will be a tough team for New England to defend.
For the Broncos defense, they need to be patient. Tom Brady is such a calm quarterback, and he tricks defenses into trying too hard to stop him. He doesn’t make mistakes, and he will jump on any errors you make.
The Broncos must avoid mistakes and put pressure on Brady.
Players to watch
: The Broncos linebackers are the key. They have to play within their schemes and make plays at the right times, because Brady will look defenders off and create confusion. The Denver defense must stay disciplined. For the Patriots, Deion Branch and David Givens will need to find openings and get free for Brady. I expect New England to have to play catch-up, so they will open up the offense and the receivers will need to come through. They are solid players who make plays.
: Broncos, 28-21