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NFL Schedule 2012: Broncos to face Patriots in Week 5 showdown

Looking to stay on pace in the AFC West, the Denver Broncos will travel to New England for a difficult game against Tom Brady and the Patriots in Week 5.

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With roughly one quarter of the NFL season already in the books, a pivotal head-to-head battle between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots is expected to headline an exciting slate of games in Week 5.

Along with seeing Peyton Manning and company travel to Foxboro to take on Tom Brady and a New England team that is desperate for a victory, fans will also be treated to a bevy of intriguing early games in the fifth week of the season that includes Falcons vs. Redskins and Packers vs. Colts. In addition, Michael Vick and the Eagles will take on an extremely tough Pittsburgh squad in Three Rivers to begin the day, while two high-powered offenses in New Orleans and San Diego will take the field in Sunday night's marquee game.

With the Broncos just one game out of first place in the AFC West at the moment, Denver should be in decent shape with the division-leading Chargers set to play a determined Saints squad. The Raiders, who were embarrassed by Denver on Saturday to drop to 1-3 overall, are the only AFC West team not in action this weekend.

Here is the full schedule of games for Week 5:

Thursday, Oct. 4
Cardinals vs. Rams, 6:20 p.m., NFL Network

Sunday, Oct. 7
Falcons vs. Redskins, 11 a.m., FOX
Ravens vs. Chiefs, 11 a.m., CBS
Eagles vs. Steelers, 11 a.m., FOX
Packers vs. Colts, 11 a.m., FOX
Dolphins vs. Bengals, 11 a.m., CBS
Browns vs. Giants, 11 a.m., CBS
Seahawks vs. Panthers, 2:05 p.m., FOX
Bears vs. Jaguars, 2:05 p.m., FOX
Bills vs. 49ers, 2:25 p.m., CBS
Broncos vs. Patriots, 2:25 p.m., CBS
Titans vs. Vikings, 2:25 p.m., CBS
Chargers vs. Saints, 6:20 p.m., NBC

Monday, Oct. 8
Texans vs. Jets, 6:30 p.m., ESPN

Check out SI.com for the full NFL schedule.