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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 15:05

Scouting Ahead: Denver Broncos

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After coming off their bye week, the 6-2 New England Patriots travel to Denver to face a reeling Broncos team. 

After going 6-2 in the first half of the season, the New England Patriots are starting their second half with a game in Denver against the Broncos. This game is the first of back to back games against the AFC West. Both games will be played on the road. This is the third straight season that New England has had to travel to Denver.

 

1. Denver Broncos - After having one of the best defenses in the NFL the past few seasons, the Brocnos have taken a step back in 2017. Through their first eight games, Denver ranks 25th in the NFL in scoring defense allowing 24.8 points per game. Despite being at the bottom of the league, the Broncos are second in yards allowed, allowing 280.8 yards per game. On the other side of the ball, Denver's offense is 22nd in points scoring, averaging 18.8 yards per game. They rank 18th in yards per game gaining 327.2 yards per game.

 

2. Tom Brady - For all the accolades that Tom Brady has amassed in his career, he has struggled in the thin air of Denver. In 10 career games (including playoffs) against the Broncos in Denver Brady is just 3-7. Three of those seven losses came in the playoffs. In fact, Brady has struggled throughout his whole career against the Broncos going just 7-9. With the struggles, Brady did win the most recent tilt against the Broncos with a 16-3 win last season. 

 

3. Von Miller - Since he entered the league, Von Miller has been a thorn in the side in just about every offensive line in the NFL. This season has been no different as Miller has eight sacks in the team's eight games. In eight career games against New England, Miller has eight and a half sacks. With Marcus Cannon's status uncertain for the game, stopping Miller will be a key factor in the game. 

 

4. Denver Cornerbacks - It is no secret that the duo of Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. have become one of, if not the best cornerback duos in the NFL. Their coverage abilities coupled with the pass rush that the Broncos feature can give any quarterback a headache. With the Patriots already missing Julian Edelman for the season and Chris Hogan being banged up, New England could be down two reliable targets on Sunday. Without reliable targets, Talib and Harris Jr. could have a great day covering the Patriots receivers. New England could look to counter that by featuring James White and Dion Lewis in the passing game.

 

The Broncos offense has been in flux all season. That could be just what the Patriots need as their defense continues to improve. If they can keep the Denver offense down, Brady may be just enough to give the Patriots the edge on Sunday night. But, will Brady's mile high struggles continue?

Billy Wyatt

Billy Wyatt is a New England Patriots beat reporter for CLNS Radio. Now covering the Patriots for multiple seasons, Billy is a veteran journalist at CLNSRadio.com A graduate of the University of Hartford with a communications degree, Billy’s prior experience was as a sports writer for the Hartford Informer.You can reach Billy via e-mail at bwyatt_91@yahoo.com. And you can follow him on Twitter @Billy_NFL.