Week 5 for the Patriots against the Denver Broncos will not go down this week. The game is postponed until reportedly week 6. In what was originally supposed to be Sunday, then Monday, thanks to COVID-19 again, the Patriots will lose another star.
Stephon Gilmore tested positive for COVID and will not be present for Monday. However, the Patriots still hold the matchup advantage against a struggling Denver squad. Although coming off a loss, the Patriots are coming together nicely on both ends of the field.
Quarterback Cam Newton is learning the playbook more and more. With that, the Patriots offense holds a slight advantage over Denvers defense. The receiving core for New England looks to be solid, but not enough for elite teams. Julian Edelman is still effective but not lethal. N’Keal Harry is coming along and Marquis Lee has yet to show up. But it’s not so much the air attack that is the threat. The running game for both of these teams are key.
Starting with New England, they have one of the deepest running cores in the league. Sony Michel, James White, and Rex Burkhead are all solid. Whether it’s the passing or running Belichick and McDaniels are finding ways to move the chains with them. Also can never forget how when inside 5 yards, Cam Newton can run it in himself. Close 3rd and 4th downs Newton has displayed his size and power over defenders. If the Patriots want to win, it’ll be the running back core doing it.
For Denver, they will be getting young guy Phillip Lindsay back from injury. Although he has been a disappointment for me in fantasy football, Denver will be glad to have him back. He will be accompanying former Charger Melvin Gordon. Coming off of 2 touchdowns and over 100 yards rushing, expect Gordon to play some key moments. Lindsay will also be something to watch out for. The Denver running game is there only hope offensively since their quarterback situation is terrible. Brett Rypien has not been getting it done. Leading his team to a 1-3 start, expect more running plays.
Even without cornerback Stephon Gilmore on the field, the Pats defense is solid. Aside from the McCourty brothers, no names pop out on the depth chart. However, the coaching of New England is superior. Belichick’s origins go back to being a defensive coach and have done more with way less.
As far as the Broncos defense goes, they still have Von Miller. The future hall of fame player is undoubtedly still a factor but not the same as he once was. Expect double teams on his rushing from the start of the game. Belichick will give Miller different looks to confuse him. But the Broncos let up too many points. Even to a Jets team whom they beat, they let them score 28 points. And against a team like New England, you can’t sustain that and win in the NFL.
The Patriots matchup does look favorable. Although, if the Denver Broncos are able to control the game through running the ball then things could change. But even if they do, I don’t see them doing it for all 4 quarters without Belichick making adjustments. After a few possessions, the Patriots will take over.
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