TELEVISION: This week’s game will be broadcast to a national audience by NBC on Sunday, November 24 at8:30 PM EST and can be seen in Boston on WHDH-TV Channel 7. Al Michaels will handle play-by-play duties with Cris Collinsworth providing color. Michele Tafoya will serve as the sideline reporter.
NATIONAL RADIO: This week’s game will be broadcast to a national audience by Westwood One Sports. Kevin Kugler and James Lofton will call the game. Hub Arkush will report from the sidelines.
RADIO: 98.5 FM, The Sports Hub, is the flagship station for the Patriots Radio Network. A complete listing of the network’s 37 stations can be found here. Play-by-play broadcaster Bob Socci will call the action along with former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak, who will provide color analysis.
The Denver Broncos are facing the New England Patriots on NBC tomorrow night in a heavyweight bout. The Patriots are underdogs with injuries and the Broncos seem unstoppable, but they play the game for a reason.
The Patriots haven’t lost this season inside of Gillette Stadium, where they find ways to win the game. The weather is also looking really cold tomorrow, another good sign for the New England Patriots.
The Patriots play their best ball when they are mad, and when they have to hear about how great the other team is and how great the opposing team’s QB is. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Brady plays his best with something to prove, and tomorrow night, he has something to prove.
This game could be a blow out, it could be close, it could be epic, or it could be ugly, but I will still tell you the keys to the game for a New England win.
- On defense the Patriots will need to get physical with the Broncos. The Broncos are a finesse team just like the Saints, and New England themselves. And when you get physical with finesse teams, they don’t respond well, and most times you beat them.
New England needs to jam the receivers at line of scrimmage, and hit them hard. They need to be in their face, and making as much contact as possible before the 5 yards is up. Just push around Thomas, Decker, and Welker to throw their routes off and slow them down.
Talib is physical, Dennard is physical, and Arrington is physical. New England has the guys, if they play, to be physical so they need to use that tomorrow night.
New England has a good defense and I believe in this defense when the secondary is healthy, and I believe that tomorrow night they can have a good game as long as they keep it physical throughout.
Protect Tom Brady
- Offensively, it starts and ends with protecting Tom Brady. New England has to keep him upright and comfortable if they want him to shred the Denver defense. When Brady is protected and comfortable in the pocket, he goes off, look at the Steelers game. The guy still has it, and he will light up the defense if they protect him.
The entire offensive line has a tall task tomorrow against some good pass rushers for the Broncos, but if New England handles the blitz well, Brady will make the Broncos pay.
Denver’s secondary isn’t the best and it has big holes for Brady to take advantage of, and Brady will if they protect him. I expect New England to go deep more tomorrow than Monday night because Denver can be vulnerable up the field. The only way it can be successful is if the offensive line protects Tom Brady. Gotta win the line of scrimmage.
- I have said run ridley before and I will say it again. RUN STEVAN RIDLEY. Period. Yes, he fumbles too much, but he is the best runningback on the team. You gotta take the good with the bad with this guy, especially since he is so good.
New England is a better offense when they run the football, so that is a big key tomorrow night. The Patriots can’t give up on the run, they have to stick with it, and if it’s 3rd and 1, they should probably stick with running it.
The Pats need the run to use the clock as well. New England’s offense wants to keep Peyton Manning on the sideline and to do that, you need to run the ball successfully.
If they can chew up the clock and get points in the process, New England will be in a good position to win tomorrow night, but they can’t give up on the run. It is important to get Ridley going quickly in the game.