Denver Broncos Fanzone: Quick takes with Romi Bean
By Tylor Walden
Looking ahead to Broncos vs. Patriots
Ty: The Broncos travel to Foxboro to face the Patriots. The game has been moved to Monday. Do you believe having the game moved will impact the team in a big way? What does Denver need in order to secure a win?
Romi: I think it will in the sense of moving the game helps the Patriots. Moving the game gives the Patriots one more day to get Cam Newton back and potentially some other players. It also gives them one more day to practice because the Patriots have done completely virtual practices this week.
Now, the Broncos must look ahead and face the Dolphins in a short week. They will be coming off a Monday night game. The ripple effect moves forward as well. In a lot of ways, it is a disadvantage for the Broncos. They have to fly to the east coast, play a Monday game. Travel back home and prepare for Miami on a short week. It does not help the Broncos, it helps the Patriots.
They need to pound the run game. Use Phillip Lindsay and Melvin Gordon as a 1-2 punch. The Patriots have a really good defense, but their run game is a little leaky. They are allowing over 115 yards per game on the ground. With Lindsay back, just run the ball and that is their best way to get a win. The Patriots are tied for second in takeaways. We know how Rypien had three interceptions last week. Run the ball, run the ball. Try to use up the clock that way.
For defense, it is difficult because of the different skillsets that Newton, Hoyer, and Stidham bring. That is kind of hard to analyze right now. So, utilizing Gordon and Lindsay a lot will be key for them.