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The Wes Welker advantage?
Most of the attention leading up to the AFC Championship Game will focus on the 15th meeting between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. But if you are looking for another X factor, how about Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, who spent six seasons in New England under the tutelage of Bill Belichick and caught passes from Brady? Welker left New England this past offseason after he was unable to come to terms on a new contract and has settled in nicely in Denver. A late-season concussion caused him to miss five weeks, but he returned in time to score an important touchdown in the Broncos' divisional-round win over the Chargers. Does having Welker on the roster give the Broncos a distinct advantage against the Patriots? Will Welker torch his former team?
What does Manning Bowl mean?
Peyton 3, Eli 0. That's the Manning Bowl tally after the older brother's Denver Broncos handled the New York Giants 41-23 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. Peyton continued his hot start; although he didn't throw seven touchdowns, his 30-for-43, 307-yard, two-score performance was plenty against Eli, who tossed four interceptions for the turnover-prone Giants. Denver is now 2-0, and New York 0-2. How will the season play out?
Wes Welker talks Bill Belichick
Wes Welker might be a Denver Bronco, but the saga between the diminutive receiver and his former team continues. In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Welker spoke candidly about Bill Belichick, saying the New England Patriots coach was atypically rough on Welker toward the end of his run in Foxborough, Mass. "It was just kind of hard," Welker said, "one of those deals where you have to endure him, put up with him. ... But he does it to everybody. It's the way he is." No wonder the 32-year-old switched time zones.