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Football Odds - Patriots at Broncos

Football odds handicappers will have an intriguing matchup to handicap as a NFL gambling coaching legend goes up against his prodigy in Denver.

Football odds gamblers have loved the profits that New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has made for them during his NFL gambling run in Foxboro. Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels was Belichick’s understudy and offensive coordinator before this season and looks like a chip off the old block so far against the football odds.

The Denver Broncos have a surprising NFL gambling record of 4-0 both straight up and against the football odds.  After a lucky/miracle win in their opening game against the football odds at Cincinnati, the Broncos have steadily improved and are now alone at the top of the AFC west division.

The big difference for the Broncos this year against the football odds has been the meteoric improvement of their defense, which is ranked 1st in football for points allowed.  Much of the credit goes to new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan who has nearly flipped this unit’s results upside down from the poor numbers against the football odds in 2008.

The Denver defense was so inept against the football odds last year that it was considered to be the reason for their epic collapse and what cost long time head coach Mike Shanahan his job.  Denver has gone under the over/under football odds in all 4 games this year.

The New England Patriots are 3-1 straight up and 2-2 against the spread so far this year with an even 2/2 split on over/under totals.  Last week the Patriots scored their most impressive win of the season as they defeated the Baltimore Ravens 27-21 as 1-point home favorites.

Tom Brady passed for 258 yards and 1 touchdown.  Brady is not playing up to his past level of greatness so far, however, as his quarterback rating is 83.7 and he has thrown only 4 touchdown passes.

The New England Patriots have had long term historic problems at Denver where they have covered the spread in just 3 out of their last 13 visits.  The Broncos have covered 15 out of the last 20 matchups in this series overall.  The series has gone under the total in 6 out of the last 7 meetings in Denver.