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After Romp Over Bears, Patriots Open as Home Underdogs to Broncos

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T. The Patriots aren't getting much from the oddsmakers after their blowout win over the Bears.

Peyton Manning and the Broncos opened Monday as a 3-1/2 point favorite to beat the Patriots at Gillette Stadium Sunday.

The last time the Patriots were a home 'dog was just a few weeks ago when the then-undefeated Bengals came to Foxborough as 2-1/2 point favorites in Week 5. But the Patriots were on to Cincinnati to the tune of a 43-13 mauling of the Bengals.

In last year's regular season matchup at Gillette Stadium in November, the Broncos were a one-point favorite over the Pats. The Broncos were 9-1 coming into the game against the 7-3 Patriots. Denver sprinted out to a 24-0 lead before the Patriots roared back for a thrilling 34-31 overtime victory.

In the AFC Championship game in Denver in January, the Broncos were favored by five points over the Patriots. While the Patriots rallied with 13 points in the fourth quarter, the Broncos hung on for a 26-16 win and a trip to the Super Bowl.

Since Brady burst on the scene in 2001, the Patriots are 9-1 against the spread as a home underdog.

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