There will be no Brady vs. Manning matchup this season due to “The Sheriff” being out with a plantar fascia tear in his foot. Instead, Manning’s understudy Brock Osweiler will be at the helm as the Denver Broncos host the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football. The Patriots and Broncos are currently the number one and three seeds in the AFC Playoff Race.
The Broncos have a chance to gain some traction in the rankings with a victory against the Patriots this Sunday. The Broncos opponent, the New England Patriots, are undefeated with a record of 11-0, however; they come into this contest a bit hobbled.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman will most likely miss the rest of the season when he suffered a broken bone in his foot in the game against the New York Giants. There have also been injuries to other key components of the Patriots offense such as Deion Lewis, Danny Amendola, and Nate Solder. It’s only a matter of time before those injuries start to catch up with the Patriots. The Broncos do have the personnel on defense that can take advantage of those key injuries that the Patriots are having right now.
The Broncos must also capitalize on the mistakes that the Patriots may make in this football game to win this Sunday. The Buffalo Bills and the New York Giants had numerous opportunities to take out the New England Patriots but fail to do so. Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler must be wise with his decision making when going up against the Patriots defense.
They are currently ranked 21st in the league against the pass by averaging 252.5 yards per game. Osweiler could have a breakout game against the Patriots defense, but it will not be accomplished that quickly. Whenever you give Bill Belichick ample time to figure out the strengths and weaknesses of a young signal caller, he is usually successful.
My prediction for this contest is that the Broncos will take advantage of the Patriots injuries, which will result in their first loss of the season. The injuries to the Patriots offensive line is bigger than what you think it is. If a hot team like the Chiefs can get into the playoffs, the Patriots could have some problems dealing with their vaunted pass rush led by Justin Houston.
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