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Ladies and gentlemen, here is your game of the week.
Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos host the New England Patriots as they continue their remarkable quest to win their division. The Broncos have won six in a row thanks to stout defense, a great running game and the late-game heroics of Tebow and Matt Prater, but the Patriots have been hot as well.
The Broncos have one of the most unique offenses in the league to suit its quarterback's strengths, but as Tebow improves the offense gets more and more pass-oriented.
Receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas both have a ton of potential, but both have been prone to costly drops (particularly Thomas).
New England has one of the worst pass defenses in the league, but at the same time they are good at getting takeaways, so if they can shut down the run game and force Tebow to throw, they'll have opportunities to do that.
The Patriots have the best passing offense Denver has seen since getting smoked by the Lions 45-10, but the defense has improved since then.
Tom Brady has been Mr. Clutch himself throughout his career, and he has an impressive set of weapons that includes Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, among others.
Denver's secondary has been fairly average this year, so pass rushers Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil will have to have big days and disrupt Brady. That seems to be their only shot defensively.
I rarely pick upsets, but New England has been far from invincible this year, glimpses of which were seen in one touchdown wins over the Colts and the Redskins in successive weeks. With Tebow seemingly improving at quarterback and this team gaining momentum, I'm picking a big upset at Mile High.
Broncos 29, Patriots 28