AFC Championship Game: 5 Bold Predictions

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Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (left) scrambles from Denver Broncos defensive end Malik Jackson (97) and Robert Ayers (91) in the second half during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Denver defeated San Diego 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Denver’s defense will step up in a big way

I really like the Patriots’ running game, and I may end up looking like a fool for writing this, but this is the week the Broncos’ defense really steps up and makes a big difference in the game.

The Broncos may not stop all of the Patriots’ running backs, but they will not allow LeGarrette Blount to gain over 100 yards in this game. Steven Ridley will be the best back for the Patriots in this game with his pass catching abilities, but I believe the Broncos’ defense steps up in a big way in the AFC championship game.