How the Patriots can beat them: Make good halftime adjustments. The Broncos have been the league’s highest-scoring offense all season, but they are at their best in the second half, where they average 21 points a game. The cornerbacks must be physical at the line of scrimmage to disrupt the timing of the Broncos offense. Finally, the Patriots must score touchdowns when they get into the red zone, which could be easier against a Broncos defense that’s allowed opponents to score on more than 60 percent of red zone possessions this year.
How they can beat the Patriots: Well, they can start by not committing three turnovers in a half, but beyond that, they’ll need more from their quarterback than they got the last time they faced the Patriots, a 34-31 Denver loss in November. Peyton Manning completed 52.7 percent of his throws that day for 150 yards and a 70.4 passer rating, all season lows.