The Patriots will play at the Broncos tomorrow at 3:05 pm EST on CBS.
The Patriots defeated the Chiefs to move into the AFC Championship Game while the Broncos defeated the Steelers to move in to the Conference Title Game.
I’ll preview what I think the Patriots will do on offense and defense against Denver to win the game!
The Patriots on defense will stack the box to stop the run and dare Peyton Manning to beat them beat deep because Denver has been making their plays off of short passes. First thing first, they will try to stop the run to force the entire game on Peyton Manning and the passing offense. If the Broncos have success running the football the Patriots will have a hard time winning the game, but if they can’t it puts the Pats in good position to succeed. Hightower, Collins, Branch, and Brown will be the main four the Patriots will use to stop the run. The second thing and just as important is to play tight coverage and guard against the short passes and force Manning deep. Manning is still so smart and if you leave his guy wide open he will hit that player right on the hands, so the Patriots better bring their A+ coverage game. The Patriots will try to be physical at the line of scrimmage to knock the timing off between the QB and the wide outs. Tight coverage and being physical will be the two main things to stopping the passing attack. Also, the pass rush will hopefully be there in this game and make an impact. They have to get pressure on Peyton Manning, you can’t let him have all day because he will find someone. The best way to beat Manning and the easiest is to pressure him. The Pats would love to do it with four down linemen, but I’m guessing we will see more blitzes this week on third downs. The pass rush will be important. All three of these things are close to being number one. It’s all important.
The Patriots offense will go as far as the OL takes them. They have to have another strong outing against the best pass rush in the league. The Patriots will look to protect Brady by doubling up Ware and throwing quick passes to back the blitzes off. I think the Patriots will look short often, and run a ton of routes, especially over the middle. It will be a pass heavy game for New England, I would think.