BOSTON (CBS) – It’s one man’s opinion, but the Patriots just don’t have the horses to beat the Broncos according to Andy Gresh.
“My Super Bowl matchup is San Francisco against Denver. I think with one tight end being out [Rob Gronkowski], and one tight end being in [Julius Thomas], after some film study I just think right now that’s the difference in creating a mountain of problems for the New England Patriots defense.”
With LeGarrette Blount leading the way, the Patriots running game has combined for 647 yards in their last three games. Blount has eight touchdowns in those contests.
Gresh gives the Pats a shot if the running game can control the clock and dominate like they have been over the past month, and even then it may not be enough.
“Unless the Patriots possess the ball for 33-35 minutes, and not only run the ball, but get touchdowns out of the running game, I just think they will come up a little bit short against this Denver group,” said Gresh.
Scott Zolak doesn’t see it playing out like that – he’s picking a New England vs. Seattle Super Bowl.
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“All the pressure in the world is on Peyton Manning this week. I think it helps Tom Brady, even though he’s 2-4 in Denver lifetime. There’s something about this team that I don’t see them losing this game. I really don’t. Somehow they’ll find a way to win it – they’ve done it all year,” Zolak said Friday morning.
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