The Denver Broncos have had enough, and need a change in offense. Things have gotten so bad that the Broncos are going to go with Brock Osweiler under center at quarterback in Week 10, as they did against the Eagles. This isn’t the time they want to be experimenting with their quarterback situation. They welcome the New England Patriots to Mile High on Sunday, as they prepare to go with Brock Osweiler at quarterback for the second consecutive week. Things didn’t change much for the Broncos against the Eagles. Denver suffered a beatdown by the Eagles by a score of 51-23. Osweiler completed just 50% of his passes, with a touchdown pass and 2 interceptions.
The touchdown came on a 1-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas. The game was well out of hand by that point, as the touchdown made it a 44-16 game. Their final score came on a Brand Marshall fumble recovery. Ugly showing no matter how you look at it. Carson Wentz diced the Bronco defense up for 4 touchdown passes. The Eagles also added 3 touchdowns on the ground. Leading the way was the newly acquired Jay Ajayi with a touchdown and 77 yards on 8 touches. The Broncos are not going to survive without their defense carrying the load.
Osweiler, or whoever else is starting doesn’t matter really. The way I see it, they’re both going to get similar results. I find Siemian more agile and mobile than Osweiler, so I give a slight lean to him as the starter. However, the Broncos are looking for a spark, and I don’t feel Osweiler is the guy to give them that. Beyond his poor play on the football field, the guy isn’t much of a leader either. I don’t think there’s too many guys on the Broncos who want to go to war for him. Add in the fact that their offensive line is abysmal, it’s not going to matter whether it’s Osweiler or Siemian. Like I said, Siemian is a little more escapability to his game, so with that offensive line, I’d rather not have a statue like Osweiler in the pocket.
The Patriots travel to Colorado on a four-game losing streak. Their last lost came against the Carolina Panthers, 33-30. The Green Bay Packers let Martellus Bennett go this past week, and the Pats quickly snatched him off waivers. Don’t get too excited, Bennett has a torn rotator cuff and labrum, allegedly. I don’t how he was practicing this week, and is listed as questionable with that kind of injury. Additionally, Bennett passed a physical with the Patriots. I will let you read into that as you wish. Note, that receiver Chris Hogan has officially been ruled out for the Patriots on Sunday night. Head below for our free Patriots vs. Broncos pick on Sunday Night Football.
New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos Betting Odds:
vs. Broncos +8(-115)
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The injuries on the offensive side for the Patriots are starting to take their toll. Julian Edelman was of course lost for the year in the preseason, and now a guy slated as his replacement, Chris Hogan is out on Sunday. Starting right tackle, Marcus Cannon, is also out of the lineup. Questionable players include Danny Amendola, but he should be fine to suit up. For the Broncos, Emmanuel Sanders is on the injury report, but should be good to go against the Patriots. Sanders made one catch for 30 yards against the Eagles last week.
New England has been winning football games with their defense. Since that Carolina loss, the defense has improved significantly. The loss of linebacker Dont’a Hightower hasn’t impacted the defense any. In fact, they’ve gotten better. Credit to defensive coordinator Matt Patricia for getting this unit going in the right direction.
In four games, since losing to the Panthers, the Patriots have allowed just 12.75 points per game. They held the Chargers and Falcons to 20 points in total the last two weeks. With the way the injuries have been piling up on the offensive side, the defense has had to show up for the Patriots. Tom Brady is always going to get his, but the cupboard is going to be really thin for him in Denver on Sunday night. They should move the ball, however, don’t expect a plethora of points on the board.
At home on Sunday night, after getting bulldozed by the Eagles last week, I find it hard to believe that the Denver defense is going to be in for a repeat performance. They get a Patriots’ offense hobbling into this one, and have an opportunity to show last week was a fluke at home. Despite getting pummeled in Philadelphia, the Broncos’ defense is still 2nd in the NFL, with just 280.8 yards allowed per game. With that said, it’s tough to trust the Denver offense and Brock Osweiler. It should be a defensive battle, with a low-scoring contest unfolding on the Week 10 edition of SNF.
PICK: UNDER 44.5 (-110)