It would be easy for coach Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots to overlook the Denver Broncos.
The Patriots are heavily favored in Sunday’s game – by a touchdown – even though it’s in Denver. The Broncos started strong but have since lost miserably, including losses to the then winless New York Giants and a blowout loss that saw them give the Philadelphia Eagles 51 points. The Broncos clearly aren’t sure what to do at the quarterback position, the most important position on the field, as they subbed in Brock Osweiler for Trevor Siemian.
But Belichick isn’t overlooking them. Instead, he called the Broncos a talented team, even finding a way to praise their mess of a quarterback situation.
“Very good defensively,” Belichick said, per Doug Kyed of NESN. “Very good against the run. Strong pass rush. Very explosive in the return game. Strong legs. Offensively, very good depth at RB. Good WRs. TEs have been productive. Athletic at the QB position.”
One thing this shows is that Belichick isn’t overreacting to the blowout against the Eagles. The Broncos still have tremendous talent on defense, with players like linebacker Von Miller and cornerbacks Chris Harris and Aqib Talib. Yes, that defense appeared to get overwhelmed and give up against the Eagles, but the talent is still there and the Patriots can’t count on that for Sunday’s game. In Denver, they will have to play well, especially early. If they can get out in front, Denver’s offense probably can’t match them, but they have to have that urgency and determination from the opening kickoff to do it.
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