Curran's Keys: Manning up

Curran's Keys: Manning up
October 7, 2012, 4:18 am
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Tom E. Curran is in studio to offer his tips to slowing down Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

Three keys stand between New England and victory.

First, it's important for the Patriots to pay close attention to the Denver pass rush.

Second, the Pats must contain Manning's short passing options.

Finally, the Patriots need to get a consistent effort from their secondary.

Make no mistake, these are not the same Denver Broncos the Patriots embarrassed in last year's playoffs. With Manning under center, the Broncos have a totally different offense than the one that stalled in Foxboro last year.

This game will have far more in common with the Patriots' matchups with Manning's Colts from the 2000s than with Tim Tebow's Broncos from last season.