Patriots vs. Broncos NFL Picks: Filling Defensive Gaps

Swinging Johnson

Thursday, January 16, 2014 8:11 PM GMT

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 8:11 PM GMT

After a season full of overcoming obstacles Bill Belichick has his work cut out for him, including the most recent turn of event. The Broncos have picked up Marquice Cole, a former Patriots corner who was cut in Week 17. Will this give the broncos a slight advantage?

NFL Picks: Patriots vs. Broncos Betting Report

Denver Broncos

If there’s a betting edge to be had on a team’s scouting report of their opponent, perhaps Denver just trumped the Patriots. Marquice Cole was a member of the New England Patriots and played 13 games on defense or special teams until he was cut in Week 17. On Sunday the Broncos found out cornerback Chris Harris had torn an ACL and would be out for the season. So the search for a cornerback was on and it just so happened that former Patriot Marquice Cole was available for hire.

As Saturday Night Live’s Church Lady (aka Dana Carvey) used to say, “How con-VEEN-ient!” What secrets will Cole share with the Broncos coaching staff and will that information translate into a victory or even a greater margin of victory that will allow Denver to cover the spread in NFL odds? We will keep you updated.

NFL Picks: Patriots vs. Broncos Betting the Total

New England Patriots

Bill Belichick would have made Houdini proud with the magic he conjured in overcoming a barrage of injuries and missing parts due to the trade of his most coveted receiver in Wes Welker and the stunning arrest of All-Pro tight end Aaron Hernandez before the season even began. Even the most zealous Pats fan would have forgiven Belichick had the Patriots copped a wild card spot and bowed in the first round. 

But one thing The Magical Mr. Bill cannot do is wave his wand and pull a victory out of his hat if Tom Brady sits. And sit he did yesterday as he is reportedly dealing with an illness and a shoulder condition. Now it would be stupefying if Brady missed Sunday’s game and nobody is anticipating anything of the sort but what if he is considerably less than one-hundred percent? A wounded and ill Tom Brady would have this line skyrocketing at least 2-3 points, pushing it the Pats from 5 ½ dogs to well over the magic number of seven. If Brady is indeed that sick, lay the lumber and bet Denver regardless of the points.

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