Patriots vs. Broncos

New England Patriots vs Denver Broncos: Time, TV channel, how to watch live stream online, Patriots vs. Broncos Live, The 2016 NFL season continues on Sunday, Dec. 18, as the Denver Broncos host the New England Patriots at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. CBS will broadcast the game at 3:25 p.m. Central (4:25 p.m. Eastern). Live streaming is available via NFL Game Pass

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The New England Patriots take on the Denver Broncos for the first time since the 2015 AFC Championship Game, the final installment of the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning rivalry. Since then, a whole lot has changed. Manning is retired, the Patriots can run the ball and some key piece are absent from that vaunted Denver defense.

The Broncos, precariously perched as the No. 6 seed in the AFC, face make-or-break games in the last three weeks of the season, starting Sunday against the Patriots. The Patriots (11-2) enter the game with the best record in the AFC and trying to clinch the top seed.

The Patriots (11-2) have won four straight games after defeating Baltimore Monday night. However, they lost their last game against Denver in last season’s AFC Championship game. Brady, who thrives on timing in passing situations, was constantly harassed and pounded – he was sacked four times and hit 17 times during the game. The Patriots receivers will also face a stiff challenge from the physical Denver secondary.

The Broncos’ bugaboo this season is their run defense. After leading the league last year, they’ve nosedived to 29th against the run, which thwarts their advantage of having the league’s top secondary and best pass rush. Linebacker Brandon Marshall (hamstring) was replaced by Corey Nelson last week at Tennessee and when Todd Davis (ribs) went out, fellow backup Zaire Anderson came in and had five tackles.