Posted Wed Oct 7th by Monty
Streak: Won 2
Series vs. Denver: Broncos, 24-16
Last time: Patriots, 41-7, 2008
The Line: Patriots by 3.5
Who’s hot: QB Tom Brady. Maybe “hot” is too strong a word; if it weren’t for three weeks of looking legitimately bad, his pedestrian 258-yard, 1-TD performance Sunday would seem merely lukewarm. But against a Baltimore defense that sacked Brady three times, he got the job done with a one-yard QB sneak for a touchdown while hitting nine different receivers.
Who’s not: RT Nick Kaczur. The entire offensive line hasn’t been spectacular, but right tackle Kaczur has been particularly inconsistent. He was beat cleanly by ex-Bronco Trevor Pryce for a first quarter Brady sack, and has been reportedly struggling all season. This might be the week rookie LB Robert Ayers gets out of the “almost there” zone and finally breaks through.
Matchup to watch: Head coaches Josh McDaniels vs. Bill Belichick, boring sound bites notwithstanding. It’s the Battle of the Hoodies this Sunday, Student vs. Teacher, Apprentice vs. Mentor. And as much as McDaniels insists “it’s just another game,” you know he would love to beat up on his former team (with all due Hoodie respect of course). Football nerds and couch potato coaches, welcome to paradise.