-The Broncos have the best aerial offense in NFL history but have a mediocre defense. They will be without Von Miller and Chris Harris as well as some key injuries along there defensive line.
-The Patriots are going to be without the services of Brandon Spikes and some trouble with injuries in the receiving core.
This should be a close game. The Patriots are going to be able to run the ball very well against this Broncos D with some more heavy dosages of Blount with some Ridley and Vereen mixed in. The Broncos are going to have to keep 7-8 people in the box. If the receivers for the Patriots can make a couple plays this could get out of hand.
Denver is going to be able to keep this game close simply because of Peyton Manning. He is going to drive the ball down the field and score. There is no doubt about it. If the Patriots can keep them to field goals and some turnovers, they should have no problem repeating their success against Manning. Manning has also thrown a ton of passes this year and with that neck of his, he has to be hurting. Add in some weather (or maybe just some wind) and I feel pretty confident in a Patriots victory.
So Peyton, enjoy that cold Bud Light. You should be able to enjoy a few more here soon.