BOSTON (CBS) — For the sixth straight season, the Patriots and the Broncos are meeting in the regular season. Here’s all you need to know heading into Sunday’s matchup in Denver.
– A win for the Patriots (or a Miami Dolphins loss to the Jets in New York on Saturday night) will secure their eighth straight AFC East title. The Patriots can also secure a first-round bye with a win.
– The Pats have won 18 division titles, including 13 of the last 15 seasons.
– The Patriots are 9-21 overall in games played in Denver, and have dropped all four playoff games they’ve played in the Mile High City.
– Sunday is the 47th meeting between the two teams, with the Broncos owning a 26-20 edge over the Patriots.
– Tom Brady is 6-9 in his career against the Broncos. Denver is the only team he has a losing record against.
– The Patriots have won at least 11 games for the seventh straight season and 18th time in team history. Bill Belichick has been on the sideline for 13 of those 11-win seasons.
– The Patriots defense has help their opponent under 20 points in eight of their games this season. They’re allowing just 17.7 points per game this season, third among NFL defenses.
– New England has blocked three kicks this season.
– LeGarrette Blount has 14 rushing touchdowns, tying Curtis Martin for the franchise record. He has 1,029 rushing yards on the season, just the 15th time in team history the Pats have had a back rush for over 1,000 yards.
– The Patriots are 45-1 since 2000 when a player has rushed for over 100 yards.
– The Broncos defense is allowing 127.2 rushing yards per game this season, ranking 27th in the NFL.
Tune in to Patriots-Broncos on 98.5 The Sports Hub and WBZ-TV — the flagship stations of the New England Patriots. Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m., with pregame coverage beginning on WBZ with Patriots GameDay at 11:30 a.m. and Patriots 5th Quarter will wrap it all up on myTV38 following the game. Coverage begins on 98.5FM with Patriots Preview at 1:30 p.m. with three hours of postgame coverage following the game. After Patriots coverage, tune in to “Rough Injustice: The 1976 New England Patriots” on 98.5 The Sports Hub!