Patriots vs Broncos – Preview
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots — 4:25 p.m.
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.
The Peyton Manning-Tom Brady rivalry enters a new phase as Denver (2-2) heads east to face New England (2-2). Brady has already thrown for 1,227 yards, fourth best in the NFL. He’ll face a Broncos defense that ranks seventh in the league in yards allowed per game with 308. Manning has been efficient in running the Denver offense, with eight touchdowns and three interceptions. The Patriots’ defense is tied for fourth in the league with six pick-offs.
Receiver Julian Edelman and safety Steve Gregory have been ruled out, while tight end Aaron Hernandez and 11 others are listed as questionable. Hernandez hasn’t played since injuring his ankle September 16th against the Cardinals.
The others listed as questionable are:
Tight End Rob Gronkowski (hip)
Tight End Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion)
Defensive Lineman Brandon Deaderick (ankle)
Defensive Lineman Justin Francis (ankle)
Running Back Brandon Bolden (knee)
Running Back Shane Vereen (foot)
Offensive Lineman Sebastian Vollmer (back)
Offensive Lineman Logan Mankins (calf/hip)
Offensive Lineman Nick McDonald (shoulder)
Linebacker Dont’a Hightower (hamstring)
Cornerback Sterling Moore (knee)
Defensive Tackle Kyle Love (knee) is probable