Denver Broncos Are New England Patriots' Kryptonite

Sarah Marshall@SBMarshallBUContributor IOctober 2, 2012

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 30:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos drops back to pass against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 30, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 37-6.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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When the two greatest NFL quarterbacks of this generation meet, it is sure to be an interesting game. Many teams tremble when they have to play Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. There aren't many teams who can keep up with the Patriots, but there is one team who gives the Patriots trouble: the Denver Broncos

The Broncos have a 25-18 lifetime record and are the only team the Patriots have lost to twice in the playoffs. Tom Brady is 2-6 lifetime against the Broncos and the Patriots are 2-12 when playing in Denver in the last 30 years. The Broncos have also won six of the last 10 games against the Patriots and, from 1984-1998, beat the Patriots 11 consecutive times. It's safe to say the Denver Broncos are the New England Patriots' kryptonite. And this year they have a new weapon in Peyton Manning.

Some of the Bronco players' most memorable moments have come during games against the Patriots. 

  • Champ Bailey has a career 16 tackles, one forced fumble, two intercepted passes and four broken up passes against the Patriots. He also had a 100-yard interception return in the AFC Divisional Playoff game on January 14, 2006. 
  • In one game (Oct. 20, 2008), Elvis Dumervil made eight tackles and two sacks for a loss. 
  • Last season, Demaryius Thomas caught seven passes for 116 yards in the 2011 regular season meeting.

This year will likely be even more exciting with Peyton Manning under center. Manning is 7-12 against the Patriots, but has over 4,700 yards and 38 touchdowns.

So far this year, Manning has completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 1,162 total passing yards and a 2-2 record. He also has eight touchdowns and three interceptions.

One thing the Broncos offense needs to be wary of is the number of sacks allowed. Manning has already been sacked eight times. Peyton Manning definitely needs to have the protection to be able to make plays in order to keep the pace with Tom Brady.

With Manning at center, the Broncos are more likely to continue their history of being Tom Brady and the New England Patriots' kryptonite. This Sunday’s game should be a must-watch for every NFL fan.