The New England Patriots are set to take on the Denver Broncos in a game that will feature the return of Cam Newton. New England will be looking to bounce back from a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs as they try to keep pace with the Buffalo Bills.
Heading into Sunday’s game, the Denver Broncos have several young stars that they look to build their future around. It will be an intriguing game for a Broncos team that looks to make some noise in a crowded AFC West. Although they are talented, they may still be a couple years away from contending. Heading into Sunday’s game, they will be tested against a veteran New England team.
With that in mind, I take a look at four things to know about the Denver Broncos.
Jerry Jeudy is explosive playmaker
The Denver Broncos have a start rookie wide receiver in Jerry Jeudy. To this point, he is the team’s leading receiver. He has caught 50 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown.
He is the Denver Broncos outside big-play weapon downfield. He has averaged 15.6 yards per reception this point. His best game came against the New York Jets. In that contest, he caught two passes for 61 yards and a touchdown on four targets. One other game of note was September 20 against Pittsburgh. In that contest, he thought four passes for 62 yards, averaging 15.5 yards per reception.
They big play ability that he showed at Alabama has made its way to the professional ranks. He is averaging 15.6 yards per reception on the season, and he is undoubtedly Denver’s top weapon. It will be interesting to see how the Patriots gameplan for him on Sunday.
Broncos set to have dynamic duo at running back
Royce Freeman and Philip Lindsay make up the backfield for the Denver Broncos at the moment. With Melvin Gordon sidelined due to off-the-field issues, the Broncos will rely on the dynamic duo of Lindsay and Freeman for Sunday.
Out of the bunch, Freeman has the most rushing yards with 30. He only has nine carries. Lindsay has played in only one game this season, and has carried the ball seven times for 24 yards.
Without Gordon, the Denver Broncos will have an unproven rushing attack. This is something the Patriots need to take advantage of, as they may have to force Drew Lock to pass the football. That game plan may work into their hands.
Noah Fant provides intriguing matchup for Patriots
Noah Fant has played in four games, and caught 19 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns. The two touchdowns eyes him for most on the team with Tim Patrick. The Broncos use the tight end position heavily, and Fant has been a huge part of the Broncos game plan to this point in the season.
Fant has shown the ability to be able to get down the field and get open quickly. On top of that, he measures in at six-foot-four, 249 pounds. He was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice, and will probably be questionable for Sunday’s game.
If he is healthy enough play, he will present a bit of a matchup problem for the New England Patriots. In addition to covering the outside receivers, New England a while also have to pay special attention to the tight end position. Leaving him open could make things difficult for New England.
Denver is not the strongest in pass defense
The Denver Broncos rank in the bottom half of the National Football League 356.4 yards allowed per game.
The Broncos have given up 256.2 passing yards per game while only giving up 109 rushing yards per game. New England would be wise to not rely on the ground game as they have in past games.
If the Patriots want to have success on Sunday, they might have success passing the football. With Cam Newton back in the fold, the passing attack could be a very viable option. Newton has done a nice job of getting the ball to his outside receivers, ans that could be beneficial and help New England secure a victory.