The NFL promotion machine will try to pump up that storyline this week, but Manning is no longer the quarterback who we saw go up against those championship Patriots defenses. That doesn't mean he's not one of the better quarterbacks in the league—because he is. He just can't take over games the way he once could.
Brady finally seemed to find his bell-cow receivers against the Bills, hitting Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker the way we grew accustomed to the last few years. The Patriots also unearthed a running game that had been missing from the offense, running over the Bills with two running backs most casual fans have never heard of. Each of them ran for over 100 yards.
In the video above, we look at the biggest matchups in this game, look at how exactly the Broncos should attack the Pats defense and give you a score prediction.