Third Down Domination- The Broncos' offense is ranked 19th (37.6 %) for 3rd down conversions. The Patriots' defense is ranked 18th (40 %). If we can keep them to closer to 35%, and not allow the dreaded 4th down conversion we'll be in good shape.
When it comes to the other side of the ball, the Patriots have been pretty good with converting 3rd downs (3rd 45.9 %). Unfortunately the Broncos haven't allowed much success to their opponents as they are ranked #1 (26.7 %). I think a lot of this comes from Von Miller being pretty good at guessing the snap count and disrupting plays. The easiest way to avoid long third downs is by getting first downs earlier. Yes, easier said than done.
Special Teams- After having one of his most memorable misses in Denver during the 2015 AFC Championship, Gostkowski was a perfect 3 for 3 last year in Denver. Hopefully his demons stay at bay tonight.