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October 06, 2012

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The Patriots will look to get back to a winning record when they take on Peyton Manning and the Broncos later on during Sunday's showdown at Gillette Stadium, and here are our predictions for this week:

PatsFans.com Staff Predictions:

WEEK 3: New England at Buffalo

Ian Logue Prediction: NE 34-24
After a huge come from behind win last week against Buffalo, this is a huge game to help the Patriots build off of last week's momentum against Peyton Manning and the Broncos. I expect Manning to have success against New England's secondary, but I expect Brady to have more and think this could be a big game for Rob Gronkowski who burned them for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns in their last meeting.
Offensive Player of the Game: Rob Gronkowski
Defensive Player of the Game: Tavon Wilson

Bob George Prediction: NE 34-30
Whoever has the ball last wins. Unless the Patriots generate a decent pass rush, this will be a shootout. Manning will see how Buffalo attacked the deep middle and start licking his chops.
Offensive Player of the Game: Tom Brady
Defensive Player of the Game: Chandler Jones

Derek Havens Prediction: NE 34-23
The Broncos vs Patriots game should be close to start, but I expect New England to be too much for Denver in the end.
Offensive Player of the Game: Tom Brady
Defensive Player of the Game: Devin McCourty

Russ Goldman Prediction: NE 31-28
It will be a back and forth game and the Patriots will win it in the final drive of the game. However, it will not be Tom Brady throwing it for a touchdown, rather it will be Stephen Gostkowski kicking the game winner.
Offensive Player of the Game: Nate Solder
Defensive Player of the Game: Vince Wilfork

Steve Balestrieri Prediction: NE 31-24
I like the Patriots by at least one score as Brady and the offense will continue to roll while the defense should be able to build on last week's second half performance and keep Manning in check. The weather could play a factor, which will benefit the Patriots.
Offensive Player of the Game: Tom Brady
Defensive Player of the Game: Vince Wilfork

Christine Roy Prediction: NE 24-10
With two elite quarterbacks this game is sure to be an offensive firestorm. I don't expect either team to run away with this one early and leave the other team in the dust. There will be some big defensive stops on both sides but ultimately the Patriots will find their groove and get the win. The offense has seemed to finally find their stride last week and as long as the defense can do its job, they should be able to hold on for a big win over Peyton Manning and his new team.
Offensive Player of the Game: Rob Gronkowski
Defensive Player of the Game: Vince Wilfork

Ryan Hannable Prediction: NE 30-24
I like the Patriots by at least one score as Brady and the offense will continue to roll while the defense should be able to build on last week's second half performance and keep Manning in check. The weather could play a factor, which will benefit the Patriots.
Offensive Player of the Game: Wes Welker
Defensive Player of the Game: Kyle Arrington

John Morgan Prediction: NE 30-24
Denver will be a big challenge for the Pats because they're a well balanced, fundamentally sound team. Champ Bailey and Tracy Porter are very good corners and the Pats offensive line will need to play as well as they did last week; Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil are very eefective pass rushers. The Pats need to find a way to continue to run the ball well - Denver is allowing just 3.4 yards per carry - while exploiting mismatches against the Broncos safeties.
Offensive Player of the Game: Rob Gronkowski
Defensive Player of the Game: Vince Wilfork

Dave King Prediction: NE 24-21
Manning comes out throwing in this one but much like earlier Bronco's games he fails to get on the same page with his Wide receivers. Tavon Wilson makes his presence felt in the secondary with great run support and picking off Manning in the third quarter. Willis McGahee has a surprisingly good day on the ground but it is not enough to keep pace with Stevan Ridley and the newly powerful run game which goes over 100 once again.
Offensive Player of the Game: Wes Welker
Defensive Player of the Game: Tavon Wilson


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