NFL Odds: Patriots look to bounce back Sunday

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots ran into one of the hottest teams in the league on Monday night and came up short. This week the Patriots will get another tough opponent in primetime as they take on the Denver Broncos as a possible home underdog on the NFL betting lines.

The Patriots fell 24-20 on the road to the Carolina Panthers on Monday night, with Brady completing 29 of his 40 pass attempts for 296 yards with one touchdown and one interception in that losing cause. Rob Gronkowski had the TD reception in that defeat for New England.

New England, which had been a 3-point road underdog on the NFL odds against the Panthers, is now 7-3 SU and 5-5 ATS on the season, and they're two games up on the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets in the AFC East standings. The OVER/UNDER is just 4-6 in the Patriots' 10 games so far this season.

The Broncos, however, have seen the OVER/UNDER go 8-2 in their first 10 games of the season, although they ran a string of UNDER results to two in a row on the weekend when they beat the Kansas City Chiefs by a 27-17 score as a 7.5-point home favorite on the NFL betting lines at the sportsbooks.

Peyton Manning went 24 of 40 for 323 passing yards with one touchdown pass to Julius Thomas and no interceptions for Denver in that victory, while Montee Ball found the end zone twice while rushing for just 25 yards on his eight carries.

Denver is now 9-1 SU and 6-4 ATS on the season, and they're tied with the Chiefs for first place in the AFC West standings. The Broncos and Chiefs are also tied for the top overall record in the conference heading into Week 12.

When the Broncos and Patriots met in New England last season it was Brady and company that came away with a 31-21 victory as a favorite of 6 points at the sportsbooks. Brady threw for 223 yards with one touchdown in that contest, while Manning threw for 345 yards with three touchdowns on the day.

As of Tuesday morning the sportsbooks had the Broncos listed as slight 1-point road favorites over the Patriots for the Sunday Night Football matchup. In the other primetime games for this week the New Orleans Saints are sitting as 9.5-point road favorites against the Atlanta Falcons for Thursday Night Football, with the San Francisco 49ers 5-point road favorites over the Washington Redskins for Monday Night Football.

Elsewhere around the NFL this weekend it'll be Tampa Bay at Detroit (-10), Carolina (-3.5) at Miami, Chicago at St. Louis (pick'em), Pittsburgh at Cleveland (-1), Minnesota at Green Bay (no line), Jacksonville at Houston (-11.5), the Jets at Baltimore (-4), San Diego at Kansas City (-5), Indianapolis at Arizona (-1), Tennessee at Oakland (pick'em), and Dallas at the Giants (-2.5).


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