FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady is 9-4 all-time when facing a Peyton Manning quarterbacked team, including 7-3 in the regular season.
However, Brady is 4-6 all-time against the Denver Broncos and 3-5 against the Broncos in the regular season. He’ll get an opportunity to improve upon those numbers Sunday night as the two veteran quarterbacks and division-leading teams square off in a nationally televised game.
Former Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, despite suffering a concussion last week, is expected to play in his first trip back to Foxborough. He played six seasons with the Patriots before unceremoniously signing with Denver as a free agent last summer.
The Patriots will have their night cut out for them against the Broncos’ passing offense, which leads the NFL. The Broncos are throwing 350 yards a game. Manning has an NFL leading 34 touchdown passes. Meanwhile, four of their five core Patriots defensive backs are dealing with injuries. Aqib Talib (hip), Kyle Arrington (groin), Alfonzo Dennard (knee), and Steve Gregory (thumb) are all listed as questionable. Only Dennard is not expected to play.
The Patriots cut running back Leon Washington and signed defensive back Justin Green from the practice squad to provide depth in the secondary.
Here are the details for the game:
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m.
Records: Patriots 7-3; Broncos 9-1.
TV, radio: NBC (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya); 98.5 FM The Sports Hub (Bob Socci, Scott Zolak) and Westwood One Radio (Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Hub Arkush).
Projected starting lineups:
Based on information distributed to the media, practice observations, and injury reports.
Patriots offense: WR Danny Amendola, LT Nate Solder, LG Logan Mankins, C Ryan Wendell, RG Dan Connolly, RT Marcus Cannon, TE Rob Gronkowski, WR Aaron Dobson, QB Tom Brady, RB Stevan Ridley, TE James Develin.
Patriots defense: DT Joe Vellano, NT Isaac Sopoaga, DT Chris Jones, DE Chandler Jones, DE Rob Ninkovich, LB Dont’a Hightower, LB Brandon Spikes, CB Aqib Talib, CB Kyle Arrington, S Devin McCourty, S Steve Gregory.
Broncos offense: WR Demaryius Thomas, LT Chris Clark, LG Zane Beadles, C Manny Ramirez, RG Louis Vasquez, RT Orlando Franklin, TE Julius Thomas, WR Eric Decker, WR Wes Welker, QB Peyton Manning, RB Knowshon Moreno.
Broncos defense: LDE Derek Wolfe, DT Kevin Vickerson, NT Terrance Knighton, RDE Shaun Phillips, SLB Von Miller, MLB Wesley Woodyard, WLB Danny Trevathan, LCB Champ Bailey, RCB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, SS Duke Ihenacho, FS Mike Adams.
Read this, link that
– Erik Frenz writes that physicality is important to stopping Peyton Manning for the Patriots.
– Here’s a rundown of the history of Peyton Manning versus the Patriots.
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