Early game notes: Patriots vs. Broncos

Early game notes: Patriots vs. Broncos
November 24, 2013, 3:45 pm
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PATRIOTS VS. BRONCOS: PREGAME

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GAME TIME: 8:30 p.m. EST

TV NETWORK: NBC (livestreamed on CSNNE.com)

TV ANNOUNCERS: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya

RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)

RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak

ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Broncos lead, 27-19

LAST MEETING: Patriots 31, Broncos 21 on Oct. 7, 2012 at Gillette Stadium

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-- The Broncos are 5-5 in 10 regular-season meetings against the Patriots since Bill Belichick became coach in 2000, the only team that the Pats don't have a winning record against in regular-season games under Belichick.

-- Tom Brady is 3-5 against Denver in the regular season and 1-1 in the playoffs. The Broncos are the only team Brady does not have a winning record against.

-- Brady is 9-4 overall in head-to-head matchups against Peyton Manning, including 7-3 in the regular season.

-- The Patriots are 19-16 all-time on Sunday Night Football: 11-6 at home (including 6-4 at Gillette Stadium) and 8-10 on the road. The Patriots are 1-0 on Sunday Night Football in 2013 after a 30-23 win at Atlanta on Sept. 29.

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR

-- Tom Brady (2,552) needs 448 yards to reach 3,000 passing yards for the 11th time in his career. If he reaches that milestone, he will become one of just six players with at least 11 3,000-yard passing seasons.

-- Julian Edelman needs one more punt return for a touchdown to set the team mark with his fourth punt returned for a touchdown. He is tied with Irving Fryar and Troy Brown with three TD returns.

-- Stephen Gostkowski has scored in 101 consecutive games and will set the Patriots' all-time record for consecutive games scored if he records a point against the Broncos. He is currently tied with Adam Vinatieri and John Smith.

-- Gostkowski has scored 98 points and needs two more points to reach 100 points. He has scored at least 100 points in six of his previous seven seasons.

-- Chandler Jones has a team-leading 9 1⁄2 sacks and needs half-a-sack to register the team’s 15th 10-sack season.

-- Stevan Ridley has 13 20-yard runs and needs one more to have the most for the Patriots since 2000. He is currently tied at 13 with Antowain Smith and Corey Dillon.

-- The Patriots can earn their eighth win of the 2013 season and guarantee to finish the season with a record of .500 or better for the 13th consecutive season.