Looking Ahead: Patriots - Broncos

The New England Patriots travel to Denver to take on the Broncos at Mile High this week after getting pats the Falcons in Atlanta. Denver possesses one of the premiere rushing attacks in the league, second only to Atlanta. See some of the other statistical advantages each team has. Here's an early look at the matchups.

By Site Staff


LEADER  22-15
STREAKS 2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP.Belichick: 3-6Shanahan: 6-3
LAST WEEKW 31-28 at FalconsW 21-19 vs. Redskins
LAST GAME 11/3/03: Patriots 30 at Broncos 26. New England QB Tom Brady throws 18-yard TD pass to WR David Givens with 30 seconds remaining to lead Patriots past Broncos on Monday night.
BROADCASTCBS (2:15 PM MT): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Bonnie Bernstein (Field reporter).


PASSINGBrady: 119-182-1,522 -7-4-95.1Plummer: 87-154-879-5-3-75.6
RUSHINGDillon: 96-329-3.4-5 Mi. Anderson: 73-301-4.1-1
RECEIVINGBranch: 30-350-11.7-1Smith: 28-309-11.0-1
OFFENSE375.8 312.8
SACKSMcGinest: 3.0Warren: 2.0
INTsVrabel: 1Bailey: 2
PUNTINGMiller: 45.6Sauerbrun: 46.8
KICKINGVinatieri: 34 (13/14 PAT; 7/9 FG)Elam: 35 (11/11 PAT; 8/13 FG)


AT LEAST ONE of these teams has advanced to playoffs in 7 of past 9 seasons (since 1996)……

PATRIOTS: Since 2003, club is 22-1 (.957) vs. teams with plus .500 record

In last meeting at Denver, Tom Brady completed 20 of 35 passes for 350 yards & 3 TDs vs. 1 INT for 108.0 passer rating in victory. In past 36 games, Brady has thrown more or as many TDs vs. INTs in 33 contests

RB Corey Dillon (w/Cin.) recorded career-high 278 rush yds vs. Denver, was NFL record at time (10/22/00)

WR Troy Brown (5,724) needs 3 rec. yds to surpass Irving Fryar (5,726) for 2nd-most in club history (Stanley Morgan, 10,352). In past 3 on road, Branch has 22 receptions for 245 yds.

TE David Graham registered career-high 119 rec. yds last week, including 2 catches for 45 yards w/ 1 TD. Graham’s father, Tom, was Bronco LB from 1972-74

LB Monty Beisel made his first NFL start vs. Denver on 9/12/04 (w/KC) and recorded first career INT in that game.

CB Duane Starks notched 3 passes defensed last week

K Adam Vinatieri has game winning FG in final 2:00 in each of team’s past 2 wins

BRONCOS: Team is 4-0 when scoring 1st. Under head coach Mike Shanahan, team is 65-18 (.783) at home. Club is 4-1 (.800) for 4th consecutive season

Since joining club in ’03, QB Jake Plummer is 14-3 (.824) at home w/ 93.3 passer rating. Plummer makes 1st career start vs. NE

In past 4 gms with 20 or more carries, RB Mike Anderson has 3 100s & total of 486 yds (121.5/gm). Last wk, RB Tatum Bell posted career-long 34-yd TD run in 1st qtr & added new career-best 55-yd TD run in 3rd qtr. Club is No. 2 in NFL in rush yds/gm (148.4)

WR Rod Smith (63) needs 2 TDs to tie Terrell Davis (65) for most TDs in club history. Smith caught 13 passes vs. New England on 10/1/00, 2nd-most of his career, for 160 yds. Has 100+ rec. yds in 2 of past 4 meetings

Since 1995, club ranks No. 1 in NFL in rushing yards allowed per game at home: 87.4. Defense has held New England below 200 pass yds in 3 of past 5 mtgs.

DT Gerard Warren forced a fumble from Patriots RB Corey Dillon on 12/5/04 (Browns).

CB Champ Bailey, CB Lenny Walls and rookie CB Domonique Foxworth share team lead with 5 passes defended.

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