Patriots vs. Broncos: Game preview, TV Schedule, kickoff time, injuries and more

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots go up against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA on Sunday afternoon.

Event: New England Patriots (2-2) vs. Denver Broncos (2-2) - Week 5.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 4:25 p.m. ET.

Location: Gillette Stadium (Capacity: 00,000), Foxboro, MA.

Broadcast Information: Sunday afternoon's game between the Patriots and Broncos will be aired regionally on CBS/WBZ (Ch. 4 in Boston and surrounding areas) and can be heard on the radio on WBZ-FM 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Odds: New England is a 6 1/2-point favorite over Denver on Sunday.

Patriots 53-Man Roster: View the New England Patriots' roster here.

Broncos' 53-Man Roster: View the Denver Broncos' roster here.

Injuries: Below is a list of injuries for both New England and Denver.


New England Patriots Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Tom Brady shoulder 10/03/2012
Kyle Love knee 10/05/2012

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Aaron Hernandez ankle 10/05/2012
Justin Francis ankle 10/05/2012
Brandon Deaderick ankle 10/05/2012
Logan Mankins hip 10/05/2012
Dont'a Hightower hamstring 10/05/2012
Rob Gronkowski hip 10/05/2012
Brandon Bolden knee 10/05/2012
Sterling Moore knee 10/05/2012
Shane Vereen foot 10/05/2012
Sebastian Vollmer back 10/05/2012
Nick McDonald shoulder 10/05/2012
Michael Hoomanawanui concussion 10/05/2012

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Brad Herman achilles-tendon 06/12/2012
Jamey Richard concussion 08/02/2012
Dane Fletcher knee 08/15/2012
Will Allen undisclosed 08/27/2012
Josh Barrett undisclosed 08/27/2012
Spencer Larsen undisclosed 08/27/2012
Jeff Demps leg 08/31/2012
Visanthe Shiancoe hamstring 09/05/2012


Denver Broncos Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Chris Kuper forearm 10/05/2012
Nate Irving concussion 10/05/2012
Matthew Willis hamstring 10/05/2012
Chris Harris ankle 10/05/2012
Tracy Porter shoulder 10/05/2012

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Mario Fannin achilles-tendon 08/06/2012
Jeremy Beal knee 08/31/2012
Ty Warren triceps 09/11/2012
Philip Blake thumb 09/18/2012
Quinton Carter knee 09/29/2012
J.D. Walton ankle 10/01/2012
Jason Hunter triceps 08/27/2012

Last Time Out: New England recovered from a terrible first half to rout the Buffalo Bills, 52-28. Tom Brady threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns and Brandon Bolden and Stevan Ridley each rushed for over 100 yards. Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski both topped 100 yards receiving. Denver crushed the Oakland Raiders, 37-6, last Sunday. Peyton Manning had 338 passing yards and three scores and Willis McGahee rushed for 112 yards and one touchdown.

Last Meeting: The Patriots and Broncos last met in the second round of the 2011-12 NFL Playoffs, when Denver was still stuck on Tebow Time. Tom Brady lit up the scoreboard with 363 passing yards and six touchdowns on the way to a 45-10 Patriots' win. Rob Gronkowski had 10 catches for 145 yards and three scores. Then Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow had 136 passing yards and Williw McGahee rushed for 76 yards and a score. New England had 509 yards.

Storyline: Two men will steal the spotlight on Sunday, and for good reason. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning were once the two best quarterbacks in football, and while they may no longer hold that distinction, they're still pretty darn good. Given their storied rivalry, you can bet that both Brady and Manning want to win badly. These teams have changed since their last meeting, with the biggest change being the sining of Manning and trading Tim Tebow to the New York Jets. Both enter Sunday's game at 2-2. Who will win this round?

Prediction: Tom Brady and Peyton Manning both want to win, and that alone should keep this game pretty close. Final score: Patriots 35, Broncos 28.


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