Denver Broncos vs New England Patriots Preview


The Denver Broncos host the New England Patriots on Sunday, in what looks to be the game of the week.

The Brock Osweiler and the Denver Broncos host Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football. The Denver Broncos were losers of two-straight before earning the win last week against the Chicago Bears. Without Peyton Manning last week, Brock Osweiler headed the offense and looked good in the process, throwing for 250 yards and two touchdowns against zero turnovers. The Denver Broncos lost Peyton Manning in week 10 against the Kansas City Chiefs due to a plantar fascia injury, and the Broncos expect him to miss, at least, two more weeks.

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The New England Patriots enter week 12’s contest against the Denver Broncos with a perfect 10-0 record, and they sit atop most of the power rankings out there. However, the Patriots suffered injuries to some of their key players, limiting Tom Brady’s weapons on the field. Last week, Julian Edelman suffered a broken ankle, and he will likely miss the remainder of the 2015-2016 regular season. Also, the Patriots are without Dion Lewis for the season. Just recently, news dropped that Danny Amendola would not suit up this week against the Denver Broncos, leaving Rob Gronkowski and Bradon Lafell as Brady’s top-two receiving option on the field. 

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While the New England Patriots have injury concerns heading into week 12, the Denver Broncos have injury concerns of their own. Peyton Manning will miss his second-consecutive week with his foot injury, and Gary Kubiak believes he will miss, at least, one more week following the matchup against the Patriots. There is some speculation around the NFL that Manning will miss the remainder of the regular season, but as of now, he is on a week-to-week basis. In the meantime, Brock Osweiler will continue to get the starts for the Denver Broncos. If he continues to find success, he may never relinquish the job for the remainder of the season.

In addition to Manning’s injury, the Denver Broncos were without DeMarcus Ware and Emmanuel Sanders last week, two of the team’s superstars. Ware continues to suffer from a back injury; while, Sanders was limited due to a foot injury. With Ware’s back injury continuing to linger, the Denver Broncos ruled him out of Sunday’s game; however, Sanders looks probable to return after logging a week’s worth of practice. The Denver Broncos need all the help they can get to knock the Patriots off from their unbeaten status. Despite the Patriots’ injuries, Tom Brady remains one of the best quarterbacks in the game and can turn any receiver into a star. 

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The Denver Broncos rank first in pass yards allowed per game, with 284.3; moreover, they are one of two teams in the NFL to never give up a 300 yard passing game this season. Thus, Tom Brady might be in for a tough game going up against arguably the best defense in the NFL. In addition to the Denver Broncos’ stout pass defense, their rush defense ranks eighth in the NFL in yards per game, giving up just over 93 yards per contest. However, the Patriots’ rush defense ranks third, giving up 88.8 yards per game, so the Denver Broncos probably find yards on the ground hard to come by on Sunday.

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Ronnie Hillman looked good last week against the Bears, totaling over 100 yards on the ground on 20-plus carries. Also, after three-straight weeks of no takeaways, the Denver Broncos managed to force two interceptions off of Jay Cutler. The Denver Broncos need to force some turnovers on Sunday if they plan on walking away with the win. Also, Osweiler must have a good game on Sunday and limit his turnovers. He did an excellent job managing the game last week, and the Denver Broncos need more of the same on Sunday. Look for the Denver Broncos to come into the game fired up, and if they put in a solid effort, expect them to knock the Patriots off the unbeaten platform.