AFC Championship Preview
This will be a classic case of strength on strength as the Broncos hope to ride their NFL leading defense to the Super Bowl against the Patriots and the 6th best offense in the NFL statistically. The real key, however, may be just how effective the Broncos can fare offensively against a pretty stout Patriot defense. Vegas lists the Patriots as a 3 point favorite with an over/under of 44.5.
The Broncos were only able to muster one touchdown in last week's victory over the badly hobbled Pittsburgh Steelers. They will need to find the end zone more often this time around against 4 time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady. The Denver defense has proven to be up to the task all year, especially on their home field.
Both teams are hobbled, but should have their stars available to play in this game. For Brady, the return of wide receiver Julian Edelman and tight end Rob Gronkowski is right on time. Top pass rusher Chandler Jones is also expected to be available. Look for weather to not play much of a factor as both teams (and quarterbacks) are accustomed to playing in bad weather. It should be noted, however, than Manning has historically struggled (dating back to his days with the Colts) more often than not when facing the Winter elements.
Look for the Broncos defense to put forth a Herculean effort on Sunday. But unfortunately for the Broncos, they just don't have enough firepower to keep up with Brady. Look for the Patriots to win this game and advance to Super Bowl 50. Patriots 20, Broncos 16.