Week 12: Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning has been on fire this season, throwing for 2,919 yards and 29 touchdowns through the first nine weeks of the season. He's on pace to break Tom Brady's single season touchdown record (50). Watching him play, you wouldn't know he's 37 years old as he's led the Broncos to a 7-1 record.
He's been helped by a defense that has been able to shut down the run and force opponents to pass. The Broncos have the third best rushing defense (81.5 yards allowed per game), while sporting the 30th-ranked pass defense (299 yards allowed per game).
The Patriots defense, which has been spotty thanks to a rash of injuries, needs to be up and running at full capacity when the Broncos come to town. But even a healthy roster may not be able to overcome this talented team.
Oh, and Wes Welker (50 receptions, 555 yards, 9 touchdowns) makes his return.
Who wins: Broncos
Record after game: 7-4