The Denver Broncos host the New England Patriots tonight in a game that has a lot to do with potential playoff positioning. The Patriots are currently atop the AFC with a perfect 10-0 mark. Behind them are a pair of teams with two losses, the Cincinnati Bengals, who beat the St. Louis Rams earlier today, and the Broncos, who will look to keep pace with Cincinnati and move within one game of Tom Brady and company.
When the schedule was released last April most figured that this would be another historic matchup between two of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game; Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. But, Manning is out with injuries and age and Brady is still performing at the top of his game.
That would seem to offer an edge to the visiting Patriots, and the point spread has them pegged as a slight favorite.
The Manning situation is most interesting. He looked old from opening day on and his passes lacked the crisp snap out of his hand. Still, despite allowing more interceptions than completed touchdowns the Broncos sprinted to a 7-0 mark that was capped by a huge win over the previously unbeaten Green Bay Packers to start this month.
But, the following week in his old stomping grounds, Manning was injured during a loss to Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. He finished that game despite his injuries and started the following Sunday against AFC West division rival Kansas City, and the results were painful for longtime Manning fans.