Patriots 35, Broncos 31
It's been a tough year on the prediction front for me, Tedy. I'm 5-5. I have to start thinking outside the hash marks, so I'm expecting the unexpected.
Broncos 34, Patriots 30
Reiss, I want to agree with you on this one, but I can't. The injuries on defense for the Patriots are starting to take their toll and the weapons Denver has on offense are endless. I was very impressed with the play of the Denver offensive line last week. Tom Brady and the offense will put points on the board to keep this close, but the Broncos win this round and hopefully there is a rematch of this classic quarterback matchup in the playoffs.
BRONCOS 31, PATRIOTS 26
This game could have postseason implications as it relates to seeding, as both the Patriots and Broncos are vying for a top two slot in the AFC, which would lead to a first-round bye. The difference in this game will ultimately come down to the health of the Patriots' secondary. Given that four of the top five defensive backs are dealing with some sort of injury, Peyton Manning and his offense will prove too much to overcome in a close game that falls in Denver's favor.
PATRIOTS 28, BRONCOS 27
BRONCOS OVER PATRIOTS
Of 13 ESPN experts, 12 pick the Broncos to win. Only Adam Schefter takes the Patriots.