The Denver Broncos find themselves facing a familiar foe in a critical game to vie for playoff position: The New England Patriots.
Tom Brady posts one losing record (6-9 all-time) against a team in the NFL: The Denver Broncos. Last time these teams met took place in the AFC Championship game en route to Super Bowl. Von Miller and the rest of the defense punished Brady hitting him on just about every play. This is a trend that must continue tomorrow in the afternoon matchup.
The Patriots running game with LeGarette Blount may present problems for the Broncos who struggle in run defense in 2016. Gone is Malik Jackson in Jacksonville as Derek Wolfe, Sylvester Williams, Jared Crick, Billy Winn and Adam Gotsis must step up. Blount is having a career year racking up touchdowns. It is doable for the Broncos to neutralize the rushing attack, but it is James White that presents the problem for the linebackers.
While the Patriots are succeeding running, the Broncos turned in a horrendous performance last week against the Tennessee Titans. Justin Forsett impersonated Devontae Booker in the worst way possible. Forsett fumbled on his first carry with the Broncos. However, it would not surprise me if he started at running back tomorrow. Booker is hitting a rookie wall the past few weeks in CJ Anderson’s absence.
As the Broncos attempt to storm into the playoffs, it may be best to put the ball in the hands of Trevor Siemian. Yes, you heard that right. In order for the team to succeed in this stretch of games, the Broncos must start fast against the Patriots. The only way the Broncos can start fast is slinging it around versus the Patriots’ secondary. There is a big gape in first quarter scoring between the Broncos and Patriots, in favor of New England. Once the Broncos establish first quarter success, they cannot stop. Keep the foot on the pedal scoring at will.
Week 15 bold predictions are officially a go.