BOSTON (CBS) — The 6-2 Patriots were likely to open as favorites on the road against the 3-5 Broncos, but it turns out that they’re favored more than any visiting team in Denver in three decades.
The latest betting lines at OddsShark reveal that the Patriots opened as big road favorites against the Broncos, with the point spread ranging from 7-9.5. The Pats just had their bye week, while the Broncos are coming off a brutal 51-23 loss to the Eagles in Philadelphia.
As for total points, the over/under is set at 46.5.
The Patriots are the biggest road favorite in Denver since 1987 and the second-biggest in Broncos franchise history. The ’87 Rams lost 30-14 in Denver after opening as 11-point favorites.
The Patriots have gone 12-5 after bye weeks during head coach Bill Belichick’s tenure, but are just 4-3 in their last seven post-bye games. They lost 31-24 to the Seahawks in Foxboro in their first game after the bye last season.
Tom Brady and the Patriots historically have not played well in Denver’s Mile High Stadium, compiling a 3-7 record since 2001 (including playoffs). But they won 16-3 in 2016, as the defense shut down quarterback Trevor Siemian.
The Broncos still have issues at QB heading into Sunday night’s game. Head coach Vance Joseph would not commit to reinstalled starter Brock Osweiler after Sunday’s loss to the Eagles, leaving the team’s signal-caller situation in doubt.