Wes Welker suddenly the ‘weak link’ for Broncos?

Everyone is cashing in on the Broncos offense – except Welker, that is. “It’s kind of strange. I feel like the weak link of our offense,” Welker said.

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Everyone is cashing in on the Broncos offense – except Welker, that is. “It’s kind of strange. I feel like the weak link of our offense,” Welker said.

Peyton Manning got the better of the Patriots in last year’s AFC Championship game Barry Chin/Globe Staff

BRONCOS NOTEBOOK

Peyton Manning has only praise for Patriots

Wednesday was a veritable love fest among Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and Manning with many superlatives being offered to describe the rivals.

Tom Brady slumped off the field during one of his five losses to the Broncos, on Sept. 24, 2006.

Tom Brady historically has struggled vs. Broncos

In his career as a Patriots starter, Brady is 4-5 in the regular season against the Broncos.

Game planning for Peyton Manning is a challenge for Bill Belichick (above) because “he does everything well.” Jim Rogash/Getty Images

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

Bill Belichick: Peyton Manning is ‘best I’ve coached against’

The Patriots coach respects the NFL’s Montanas, Marinos, and Elways, but to him Manning is above all else.

This hit by the Broncos’ T.J. Ward (right), then a Brown, badly damaged Rob Gronkowski’s knee in a game last December. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Broncos’ T.J. Ward is Patriots’ public enemy No. 1

Ward ended Rob Gronkowski’s season last year with a hit to his knee, and this will be the first time the Patriots have seen him since.

Peyton Manning says Darrelle Revis is ‘a great challenge’

The Broncos quarterback knows he’ll have to be at his best Sunday against the Patriots.

Tom Brady knows Patriots must score often vs. Broncos

“Our offense has to be at our best,” Brady said Wednesday ahead of a game against the Broncos that will likely be a high-scoring affair.

Patriots success on opening drives fueling win streak

A fast start is a formula for success for the Patriots, who have scored TDs on the opening drive in three of the last four games.

patriots notebook

Patriots trade for LB Jonathan Casillas

At the NFL trade deadline, the Patriots added depth on defense, making a deal with Tampa Bay.

Belichick era database

INTERACTIVE DATABASE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/01/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/2004g18c-2786--90x90.JPG Patriots during the Bill Belichick era

Look back on the Boston Globe’s coverage of every game the Patriots have played since Bill Belichick became the head coach in 2000.

Past seasons

2013 season recap

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/05/06/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_neden5_spts-10061-13863--90x90.jpg An ugly end in Denver

Track the high and low points of the Patriots’ 2013 season before their eventual loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game.

From the archives

Super Bowl XLVI

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Look back at complete coverage of the Patriots' loss loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

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