NFL Week 12 Predictions

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Lions defeated the Eagles 45-14. I would have picked Lions 20-10

Panthers defeated Cowboys 33-14. I would have picked Cowboys 28-17

Bears defeated the Packers 17-13. I would have picked Packers 28-21.



Patriots Vs Broncos: 21-20

Maybe a good game and maybe a defensive standoff.

Bills Vs Chiefs: Chiefs 28-13

Chiefs are on a roll and I don’t love the Bills offense.

Saints Vs Texans: Texans 28-27

I think this will be a good ole fashion shoot out. No idea why I’m picking the Texans…. Oh yes I do, DEANDRE HOPKINS.

Chargers Vs Jaguars: Chargers 35-28

I think the Chargers can finally win again.

Vikings Vs Falcons: Vikings 21-14

Vikings are pretty good and the Falcons are decent.

Raiders Vs Titans: Raiders 31-20

This SHOULD be a game Oakland wins.

Rams Vs Bengals: Bengals 24-16

Bengals are back on at 1:00 pm which means a win.

Buccaneers Vs Colts: Colts 20-17

Good game.

Dolphins Vs Jets: Dolphins 17-14

Another good game I think.

Giants Vs Redskins: Giants 28-21

I like the Giants to win the division now.

Cardinals Vs 49ers: Cardinals 42-10

I mean, maybe I went a little too much of a blow out, but it could happen.

Steelers Vs Seahawks: Steelers 27-23

It’s not safe at home for Seattle, at least not in 2015.

Ravens Vs Browns: Browns 21-13

Oh boy. Oh yikes, but I’m going Browns.




Patriots Vs Broncos Preview

 Previewing how the Patriots plan on beating Denver. (Photo By:  John Leyba, The Denver Post)

Previewing how the Patriots plan on beating Denver.
(Photo By: John Leyba, The Denver Post)

It’s game day!

The Patriots will face the Broncos and it’s the toughest road game of the year for the Patriots, outside the Giants game.

The Broncos will probably use the Bills formula from Monday night, drop 8 and only rush four, and mix in their blitzes with Miller here and there to confuse Brady. The Broncos defense loves to pressure and sack Quarterbacks and that will remain their number one focus tonight as they don’t have a scary run game to worry about.

To counter that, the Patriots will look to quick passes and hope their guys get open. Aaron Dobson is on the IR, ending his season and Danny Amendola will not play tonight, making the task tougher for the Patriots offense. The Pats are rumored to start Gronk at WR which I think is genius because matching up Gronk against a corner should result in a big game for Rob Gronkowski. Brady still has plenty of weapons in Gronk, Chandler, LaFell, Harper, and James White and he will make use of them if he has time. That’s what it comes down to, not who he will throw to but if he has time to throw the ball to the wide outs and tight ends. Tonight, the Patriots need Gronk and LaFell to really step up and Harper and White to step up and help out because those two can, and if they do it’ll be a good night for the Patriots. And, if Chandler wants a breakout game, tonight would be the ideal night to have it. But, like I said, Brady will do great if he has time, so the Pats number one focus on offense will be protecting Tom Brady. Every play they will know where Von Miller is, so they will look to make his impact limited and they will use quick passes to help keep Brady protected. The quick passes will include a lot of plays to James White and Brandon LaFell on screens. Their offense will be dink and dunk tonight as well. That’s how the Pats will counter the pass rush of the Broncos. They won’t run too much, again this is a very good run defense.

The Broncos offense will try to run a lot because they have a backup QB in and because their offense hasn’t exactly been lighting up the scoreboard this season, so they will run and try to control the time of possession and keep Brady off the field. When they do throw their main targets will be Thomas and the two tight ends, Daniels and Davis. I can imagine they will try run, run, throw short and move the chains or run, throw short, and throw to the tight ends and move the chains. Keeping Brady off the field while wasting away the clock is their number one goal.

The Patriots defense number one focus will be taking away any run game by Denver, forcing the game to the air and forcing Brock Osweiler to beat them. The Patriots run defense has been so stout, it is now the number 2 run defense in the NFL, so I think they will fare well on the ground, even without Collins. The Patriots pass defense will be a very close 2nd and their number one goal will be to take away Thomas, the number one target for Denver. Malcolm Butler for the third straight time will have the toughest task of the game, stopping Thomas. He will be on a cape all by himself with some safety help because they do not want Thomas beating them deep. Logan Ryan will get Sanders, a wonderful matchup. Ryan matches Sanders height and speed, so he will be on an island with the WR. He may get the safety help. The Pats will probably use Chung on Latimer, a big matchup to watch no matter who actually draws him. He’s dangerous, an increasingly favorite target of Osweiler and a really big guy, so if Chung is the guy he better bring his A game. Tavon Wilson will draw Owen Daniels, the 2nd most important matchup of the game, stopping the number one tight on that offense. This is all guess work, but these are the guys the Pats passing defense will look to stop, number one being Thomas and number two being Daniels. The Pats probably believe if they take those two away, they will fare well on defense. If the Pats take away Thomas and Daniels and not let any surprise number three guy hurt them, and they get off on third downs, the defense will do just fine.



Patriots Vs Broncos: Stats You Should Know

Check out the season stats from key players below (Photo From

Check out the season stats for key players below
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Patriots Stats You Should Know:

QB Tom Brady: 271/409 for 3,320 yards, 25 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in 10 games played.

RB James White: 10 rushing attempts for 34 yards and 1 touchdown. 10 receptions for 90 yards and 1 touchdown. 8 games played.

WR Brandon LaFell: 17 receptions for 306 yards in 5 games played.

TE Rob Gronkowski: 51 receptions for 843 yards and 8 touchdowns. 10 games.

DE Rob Ninkovich: 29 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 1 FF, and 5 passes defended in 10 games played.

CB Malcolm Butler: 46 tackles, 1 interception and 11 passes defended. 10 games played.

Patriots Rush Defense Ranks: 2nd. Patriots Pass Defense Ranks: 21st. Patriots Overall Defense Ranks: 15th. 

Patriots Rush Offense Ranks: 28th. Patriots Pass Offense Ranks: 1st. Patriots Overall Offense Ranks: 3rd. 


Broncos Stats You Should Know:

QB Brock 34/51 for 396 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception in 2 games played.

RB Ronnie Hillman: 124 rushing attempts for 528 yards and 5 touchdowns in 10 games played.

WR Demaryius Thomas: 71 receptions for 875 yards and 2 touchdowns. 10 games.

TE Owen Daniels: 28 receptions for 314 yards and 3 touchdowns. 10 games played.

LB Von Miller: 20 tackles, 6 sacks, and 2 FF in 10 games.

CB Aqib Talib: 23 tackles, 1 kick blocked, 3 interceptions returned for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns, and 9 passes defended in 9 games played.

Broncos Rush Defense Ranks: 7th. Broncos Pass Defense Ranks: 1st. Broncos Overall Defense Ranks: 1st. 

Broncos Rush Offense Ranks: 27th. Broncos Pass Offense Ranks: 17th. Broncos Overall Offense Ranks: 24th. 



Patriots Vs Broncos Capsule

(Photo By: Keith Nordstrom)

(Photo By: Keith Nordstrom)

NEW ENGLAND (10-0) at DENVER (8-2)

Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC

OPENING LINE — Patriots by 5

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Patriots 5-3-2, Broncos 6-4

SERIES RECORD — Broncos lead 28-21

LAST MEETING — Patriots beat Broncos 43-21, Nov. 2, 2014

LAST WEEK — Patriots beat Bills 20-13; Broncos beat Bears 17-15

AP PRO32 RANKING — Patriots No. 1, Broncos No. 5





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Bill Belichick is 8-11 against Broncos. His counterpart, Gary Kubiak, is 1-4 against Patriots. … Patriots are 10-0 for second time in their history and have reached double digit wins for 13th consecutive season, second all-time to San Francisco 49ers’ streak of 16 from 1983-98. … QB Tom Bradyhas won five of his last six against Denver, passing for 17 TDs and two interceptions. … Brady is four TD throws shy of surpassing Dan Marino for third on all-time list, but is receiving corps has been depleted with injuries to Julian Edelman, Danny Amendolaand RB Dion Lewis. … RB James White scored first two career TDs last week in win over Buffalo. … In five games against Broncos, TE Rob Gronkowski has five TDs among 34 catches for 428 yards. … DE Chandler Jones ranks second in NFL with 10 1-2 sacks. … Broncos QB Brock Osweiler won his first career start at Chicago last week and was AFC’s offensive player of week. He threw for 250 yards and two TDs with no interceptions. It was first game this year Denver didn’t have turnover. … Osweiler became first QB in Super Bowl era to make first NFL start and win on birthday. He’s 25. … QB Peyton Manning, who has faced Brady 16 times in career, will sit out second straight game with torn plantar fascia in left foot that will keep him sidelined at least until mid-December. … RB Ronnie Hillman is coming off third 100-yard game of season. He’s averaging 5.8 yards per attempt in last four games. … In six career games against New England, WR Demaryius Thomas has 40 receptions for 691 yards and two TDs. Since 2010, Thomas has 43 TD catches, second most among AFC wide receivers. … ILB Brandon Marshall leads team with 78 tackles and ILB Danny Trevathan has 74, including 19 two weeks ago at Indianapolis. … OLB Von Miller has four sacks in last three games against Patriots. … Fantasy Tip: TE Vernon Davis had season-high 68 yards on six catches last week.


(Capsule provided by USA

Patriots Vs Broncos Friday Injury Report

Amendola questionable, and Collins doubtful. See the full report below. (Photo From: Getty Images)

Amendola questionable, and Collins doubtful. See the full report below.
(Photo From: Getty Images)




CB Justin Coleman —- Hand

WR Julian Edelman —- Foot



LB Jamie Collins —- Illness



WR Danny Amendola —- Knee

WR Keshawn Martin —- Hamstring

TE Michael Williams —- Knee



DL Alan Branch —- Elbow

OL Marcus Cannon —- Toe

G Tre’ Jackson —- Knee

DE Chandler Jones —- Abdomen





QB Peyton Manning —– Foot

OLB DeMarcus Ware —- Back



No Players Listed

G Evan Mathis —- Ankle



TE Owen Daniels —– Knee

WR Emmanuel Sanders —- Ankle/Finger

DE Vance Walker —- Shoulder

TE Virgil Green —– Finger

T Ryan Harris —- Knee

C Matt Paradis —- Finger

T Michael Schofield —- Finger

DE Antonio Smith —- Hip


(Injury Report provided by

Patriots Vs Broncos: Keys to The Game


The Patriots will play the Broncos Sunday night on prime time for their annual meeting that began when Peyton Manning signed with the team. Peyton, however, won’t be playing, but the backup QB Brock Osweiler will step in for the 2nd straight week.

The Patriots are only a three point favorite over the Denver Broncos, who boast the best defense in the NFL, while the Pats 2nd rank offense is struggling behind a shaky and unhealthy line, so how do the Pats win? Well, the success will depend on these three keys and if they can win the area.

1. Protecting Tom Brady: Of course, this is number one when the team is about to play a very pass rush happy team with the number one rank defense. The Broncos are so good because they can rush the passer and play coverage as good as anyone in the NFL. They will be without Ware, but Von Miller will still be out there and countless other good pass rushers, so the Patriots can’t slack off just because Ware won’t be there. The OL and even Tom Brady was confused by the Bills blitzes Monday, and the line just did a horrible job of protecting Tom Brady. It wasn’t pretty, and if they play that bad again, the Pats won’t be undefeated. Brady will need their help more than every Sunday, especially if Amendola is out because he needs time to find open guys. They have to help him, and if they do, the Pats will score points, easier anyways.

2. Stopping the Air Attack: The Broncos are a good passing team, or at least, that is their number one go to weapon. Brock loves to throw to Thomas and both tight ends, Daniels and Davis, so stopping the offense begins with these three. If Butler, Chung, Wilson, or a linebacker can take away the two tight ends and Thomas, Osweiler will have a very rough night. The first thing though is taking away Thomas. They have to make the youngster go through his reads and not have the first read open.

3. Getting Open: The Pats wide outs have to do a much better job against a much better secondary this weekend of getting open. LaFell needs to step up, Chris Harper, Gronk, and Chandler and really every single one minus Amendola who brought it on Monday Night. They need to find ways to break away for Brady because he won’t have time to wait on them. Quick passes only work if the wide outs are getting open. Also, James White needs to be ready because they may use their quick passes in his direction so he better find the opening, and catch everything. This will help Brady out and if the guys are open everything will okay on the offensive side of the ball.

Patriots Vs Broncos: Three Players to Watch

(Photo By: John Leyba, The Denver Post)

(Photo By: John Leyba, The Denver Post)

The Patriots are a road favorite over the Denver Broncos, but by 3 points and the way they have been playing it is a good point spread.

If the Pats are to squeak out a win against the Broncos or stomp the yard, these three players must step up.

1. WR Brandon LaFell:

He will have a tough matchup against Aqib Talib or Chris Harris Jr, my guess is Talib because of the size. It doesn’t really matter though, both are two of the best corners in the game and LaFell must find ways to win. He has to step up and provide another target for Brady especially if Amendola can’t play Sunday Night. Brady really needs LaFell in this matchup and he needs him to get open fast. If LaFell can be solid the Pats will be okay.

2. RB James White: 

I think he may play a huge role in the game and add another target out of the backfield. He can help back pressure off by being the guy, Brady can get the ball out very quickly too. He looked good in limited touches Monday Night, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he begins his “Dion Lewis Role” Sunday Night. He needs to continue his hot play to help the OL out because they will need all the help they can get.

3. SS Patrick Chung

I’m thinking Chung will play corner again and Tavon Wilson will be SS again after both were effective Monday Night. Justin Coleman isn’t playing, so the Pats need another corner and after the Giants game they aren’t using Melvin Rashaan, or so it seems. This is the kind of game that could be like the Packers last year in the way the number 3 WR could do damage. The Broncos have a wide out named Cody Latimer whose 6’2 and dangerous in the red zone. He’s caught 5 passes for 52 yards and 1 touchdown in the one and half games Brock Osweiler has played. He could have a game like Davante Adams did last year against the Pats if they don’t account for him. Chung is the Pats’ best option to take on the very big and talented Latimer, so the Patriots need Chung to step up and shut him down. He can’t let a “surprise” guy beat the Patriots. The Pats could think Rashaan with his height could handle Latimer and if that’s the case, I hope he can and hope he steps up. Chung could draw Owen Daniels which is an equally huge deal as Osweiler loves throwing to his tight ends. Either which way, Chung needs a big game.



Patriots Vs Broncos Thursday Injury Report

Whoops a day late!


No Players Listed

CB Justin Coleman – Hand
LB Jamie Collins – Illness
WR Aaron Dobson – Ankle
WR Julian Edelman – Foot

WR Danny Amendola – Knee
DL Alan Branch – Elbow
OL Marcus Cannon – Toe
G Tre’ Jackson – Knee
DE Chandler Jones – Abdomen
WR Keshawn Martin – Hamstring
OL Shaq Mason – Knee
TE Michael Williams – Knee

No Players Listed.



No Players Listed

QB Peyton Manning – Foot
G Evan Mathis – Ankle
OLB DeMarcus Ware – Back

TE Owen Daniels – Knee
WR Emmanuel Sanders – Ankle/Finger
DE Vance Walker – Shoulder

TE Virgil Green – Finger
T Ryan Harris – Knee
C Matt Paradis – Finger
T Michael Schofield – Finger
DE Antonio Smith


*Injury report copy and pasted from