Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/28/14
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In the most recent installment of their storied rivalry, Tom Brady got the best of Peyton Manning as the Patriots topped the Broncos 31-21 in Foxboro on Sunday afternoon.Three costly Denver turnovers and their inability to stop, or even slow down, the suddenly-vaunted New England running game proved to be the deciding factors of the game. The loss drops the Broncos to 2-3 while the Pats improved to 3-2 with their second consecutive win. Manning’s stat line – 31/44 for 345 yards and three TDs – was superior to Brady’s 23/31, 221 yards and one TD effort but it was Brady’s team that won the battle in the trenches as the Pats out-rushed the Broncos 251 yards to 70 yards.Here are five things we learned from the game.1. Josh McDaniels has learned how to coordinate a running game. Strange as it might sound to Broncos fans, an offense coordinated by Josh McDaniels won Sunday afternoon’s affair thanks in large part to a dominant running game. New England out-gained Denver on the ground by a ...
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