Separation starts Sunday
A record five NFL teams are unbeaten entering Week 8, but they can’t all go 16-0. Beginning this weekend, there will be a total of four head-to-head matchups between those teams in the regular season – three of them involving the Broncos, who host the Packers (Sunday), the Patriots (Nov. 29) and the Bengals (Dec. 28). The Packers also visit the Panthers on Nov. 8.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Point differential: +87
Combined record of opponents: 18-22
Best win: 30-23 over Jets on Sunday
The good: QB Tom Brady elevates everyone around him, including depleted O-line.
The not-so-good: Malcolm Butler is a rising star, but they’re asking a lot as No. 1 CB.
Road games remaining: 5
One to watch: Dec. 27 at Jets
GREEN BAY PACKERS
Point differential: +63
Combined record of opponents: 14-26
Best win: 27-17 over Seahawks on Sept. 20
The good: Reigning MVP QB Aaron Rodgers has support from No. 1 scoring defense.
The not-so-good: Offense hasn’t been at full tilt amidst string of injuries at skill spots.
Road games remaining: 6
One to watch: Nov. 22 at Minnesota