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Yet again there always seems to be a story behind each game in the NFL. This week it would be Wes Welker’s return to the New England Patriots (7-3) after joining the Denver Broncos (9-1) this season. Although listed as probable, interim head coach Jack Del Rio confirmed Welker’s status as “definite” for Sunday. Additionally there is the story of the two best quarterbacks in the league facing off for the 15th time in their careers at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro at 6:30 pm (mtn).
Peyton Manning and Tom Brady last season (Photo Credit: Denver Broncos)
The history between the Broncos and the Patriots are what fuel the matchup and made it a prime time Sunday night game. Tom Brady leads the record between him and Peyton Manning in New England 2-7. The Broncos lead the matchup against the Patriots 6-5 since 2001.
It has been iterated many times in the NFL that the determining factor of a hall of fame quarterback is his ability to succeed with any receiver. Without Welker, Brady has not looked like the hall of fame quarterback that we have seen.
This season Brady has a career low quarterback rating with 83.6 and a completion rating of 58.7 (25th in the league). Brady’s best season was when Welker started in 2007 with a 117.2 passer rating and a 68.9 percentage in which they lost against the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. Welker already has more touchdowns this season (9) than he had in that 2007 season (8).
Unlike past seasons the matchup between the Broncos and Patriots doesn’t look as heated judging by the statistics. The Broncos have faced better offenses this season in the Eagles and Chargers and better defenses in the Giants, Chiefs, Ravens, and Raiders. All of which they have beaten.
Keys to the game:
Playing in New England in the middle of November will play a factor. The high of the day is predicted at 29 degrees and windy.
Aside from Welker the next crucial player will be tight end Julius Thomas who leads the Broncos in touchdowns with 10. He is listed as questionable because of his knee and has had limited practice this week.
Denver’s offensive line hasn’t looked better than it did last week. Kansas City’s superb defense wasn’t able to get to Manning once. Against New England they have to continue to play just a strong against a defense that has had 32 sacks this season (tied for sixth in the league).
New England has just came off a controversial Monday night loss against Carolina. With a bad taste in their mouth they may have some frustration to take out on the Broncos.
The Patriots have been riddled with injuries however tight end Rob Gronkowski has played a few weeks and running back Shane Vereen who had 101 yards in week one but was injured during the game will play in his second week back. The Denver defense has to be on top of these players, amongst the key players (Stevan Ridley, Julian Edelman, Legarrette Blount).
Statistically Denver is the better team but the level of competition and rivalry that are between these teams make it a matchup that will be entertaining to watch. The skills of the Broncos however should prevail.
Denver Broncos 35 @ New England Patriots 27
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Wes Welker was trying to play it cool when he was asked about returning to play his former team, but we all know deep down inside he wants to tear it up against his former team. “[I’m] definitely excited, big game, big matchup, great environment,’’ Welker said. “ … I love playing the game, especially […]
Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker is already back at practice just three days after suffering a concussion.
Looked like Wes Welker went through a full load of work during individual drills. Practice closed to media before team drills.
— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) November 21, 2013
This is very interesting. Maybe he’ll play against the Patriots after all.
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Wes Welker was back out on the practice field yesterday for the first time since suffering a concussion in Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.
The Broncos receiver and former Patriot practiced on a “limited” basis, but hopes to be ready for Sunday night’s showdown with his former team.
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Wes Welker returned to practice Thursday for the first time since leaving Sunday's game against Kansas City with a concussion.
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According to profootballtalk.com, It looks like Wes Welker will be making his return to Foxboro after all.
Welker’s status has been up in the air for most of the week because of a concussion suffered last Sunday night against the Chiefs, but he was listed as probable on the team’s final injury report of the week.
Interim coach Jack Del Rio said that Welker has passed all...
Receiver Wes Welker was listed as probable on the Broncos injury report Friday and is available to play Sunday night on the road against the New England Patriots.
Interim head coach Jack Del Rio reported after Friday's practice that if there were a definite category on the injury report, a checkmark would go next to Welker's name. Welker sustained a concussion in Sunday...
In all likelihood now, the Patriots will have to figure out ways to stop Wes Welker on Sunday night.
The former Patriots wide receiver has cleared all concussion tests and is officially listed as probable for Sunday, per ProFootballTalk.com:
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