Barnwell: Things not lining up for Denver as well as last week

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Sure, Brady vs. Tebow is a great storyline. Just make sure you’re ready for Chung vs. Bruton, too…Chung is one of the few above-average players on the New England defense when he’s healthy, so his presence should be a huge upgrade for Belichick & Co…The team was also without middle linebacker Brandon Spikes for that game, and Spikes could also play a huge role in improving the defense’s performance.

[Aaron Hernandez] finished with a team-high nine catches, 11 targets, and 129 yards. Denver will have to make a difficult choice this weekend: Do they let Hernandez do that to them again? Or do they try to eliminate him from the game and do their best with Gronkowski instead?...A lot of the factors that led us to lean toward a possible upset last week for Denver are gone. This week, they’re the team with more injuries.

Barnwell, of course, was one of the few analysts to rightly predict a Denver victory last week, for what that's worth.

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