1: Patriots vs. Broncos
Date: Sunday, Nov. 24, at 8:30p.m. ET
Compelling story line: Take your pick. The War of 1812 rages on as Peyton Manning and Tom Brady engage in their 14th head-to-head meeting. Brady currently has the edge in those meetings with a 9-4 record. The game takes place fairly late in the season, and the battle for home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs could be hitting its peak. Brady and Manning have been the quarterback representing the AFC in four of the past seven Super Bowls.
Wes Welker's defection from the Patriots to the Broncos only adds more fuel to the fire. Forget waiting all day for Sunday night; we'll be talking about this one for weeks leading up to the contest.
Interesting stat: Tom Brady has dominated Jack Del Rio defenses lately, going 72 of 85 (84.7 completion percentage) for 752 yards (8.8 yards per attempt), eight touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 134.9 passer rating in the past three meetings.
Bold prediction: Wes Welker will catch two touchdown passes in a Patriots win.