The New England Patriots are set to take on the Denver Broncos this Sunday night at Mile High Stadium in Denver. The Sunday forecast for Denver during kickoff currently has the chance of precipitation at 60% so we got on our horse and looked into the Patriots record in snow games as well as our record in November and December when the weather turns.
When the weather gets bad, Brady and the Patriots get better…
- Tom Brady and the Patriots are 12-0 in snow games
- Tom Brady is 45-7 (.865 win %) in his career in games under 40 degrees (Manning is 12-13 .480 win %)
- Brady and the Patriots are a combined 93-23 when playing games in November-December-January (.801 win %).
- In the warm weather games (71 degrees on average), the Patriots’ passing offense averaged 6.88 yards per attempt and allowed 7.07 yards per attempt.
- In the cold weather games (36 degrees on average), the Patriots’ passing offense averaged 7.52 yards per attempt and allowed 7.01 yards per attempt.
Truth be told, the Patriots are losing out this Sunday with Peyton being on the bench. Even being depleted on the o-line and WR, I think the Patriots still pull out another ugly win. Belichick and Brady find ways to win and find ways to exploit their opponent, especially with a new QB. Osweiler has never played the Patriots, but the Patriots will certainly give him looks that will make him get out of his comfort zone.
The Patriots aren’t the only banged up team either. Denver has some guys out that changes the look of their team. WR Emmanuel Sanders, although he returned to practice, was limited and is still questionable for this Sunday night. LB DeMarcus Ware did not practice and is questionable, and G Evan Mathis did not practice as well and is questionable for Sunday night. Not to mention, this team just handed the keys to a kid that has played a combined 16 NFL games in his life.
The whole undefeated thing would be great, yeah, but these guys aren’t worried about it and I’m not either. The only thing I am worried about is securing the #1 seed, getting the bye, and having home games in the playoffs. Playoff time brings us that much closer to Edelman returning as well.
All that being said, when Gronk wakes up Sunday in Denver and sees snow… Are you kidding me, SNOW DAY!
This game this weekend will not be pretty, you will see Brady complete another 8 passes to the dirt again, and it will be an ugly win. Luckily there aren’t pictures on the standings though.
Stat sources: USA Today: The Big Lead, NFL.com