Broncos at Patriots Open Thread/Live Blog | Week 6

Chad Jensen

The time has finally come. After a 17-day wait between games, the Denver Broncos will take the field on Sunday to battle the New England Patriots. 

The Broncos sit at 1-3 and despite their -9 spread according to SportsBetting.com, the Patriots only sit at 2-2. However, the big reason for New England's perceived juggernaut status as the home team is the storied track record of head coach Bill Belichick. 

The Broncos hope to become one of only six teams ever to beat a Belichick-led Patriots team coming off a bye. Belichick is 15-5 in games coming off a bye. 

If the Broncos are going to pull it off, it'll require the shutting down of New England's top-ranked rushing attack, led by Cam Newton, as well as an error-free game replete with some big plays from Drew Lock, who makes his return to the starting lineup on Sunday. 

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What to Watch For

• S Kareem Jackson needs one pass defensed to become the 13th player (9th active) since he entered the league in 2010 to record 100 passes defensed.

• WR Jerry Jeudy needs 50 yards to become the fourth player (T. Glenn, N.E. - 1996; T. McLaurin, Was. - 2019; C. Lamb- Dal. -2020) since 1970 to record at least 50 yards in each of his first five games to start a career and needs 66 yards to become the second Broncos rookie WR to reach 300 receiving yards by his fifth game (Eddie Royal - 2008, 321 yds.). 

• K Brandon McManus needs four field goals to tie Jim Turner (1971-79) for the second-most made field goals in team history, one field goal from 50-plus yards to tie Matt Prater (2007-13) for the second-most made in team history,  one field goal from 50-plus yards to pass Prater (2007-13) for the second-most made 50-plus-yard field goals in team history (reg. + post.), and 11 points to tie Rich Karlis (1982-88) for the fourth-most points (655) in franchise history. McManus will play his 100th career game on Sunday. 

Inactives

First Quarter

Broncos lose toss. Patriots defer. Lock and the offense will open the game. 

Phillip Lindsay breaks the ice with a four-yard gain. 

Lock hits Tim Patrick for 41-yard gain on second down. 

Lock targets rookie tight end Albert Okwuegbunam down the left sideline, going for the end zone. It was a great throw. Refs initially throw flag for defensive pass interference but pick it up. Incomplete. 

Lock throws deep to Jerry Jeudy on 3rd-&-7, yet another great pass but it goes right through the receiver's hands. 

McManus enters and drills the 45-yard field goal. 

Broncos 3, Patriots 0

Patriots get some traction on the ground but on 3rd-&-2, Shelby Harris tips Newton's pass and DeShawn Williams makes the diving interception. 

Broncos in business at the Patriots' 33-yard line. 

Two Lindsay runs bring up 3rd-&-2 and Lock goes for the jugular, once again target Okwuegbunam in the end zone, only this time, it wasn't a great throw. Incomplete. 

McManus' 44-yard field goal is good. 

Broncos 6, Patriots 0

Anthony Chickillo with a massive sack on Newton. 

Patriots fail to move the chains on third-and-long. Punt. 

Lock starts on his own 9-yard line. 

Lindsay starting to heat up a little. 

Lock working the middle of the field with the tight ends. 

End of quarter

Broncos 6, Patriots 9

Second Quarter

Lock connects with Okwuegbunam for an 18-yard gain and three plays later for 11 yards. 

Broncos in business after Lock hits Okwuegbunam for a 27-yard pickup, giving Broncos 1st-&-10 from the Patriots' 11-yard line. 

Broncos struggle in the red zone, fail to punch it in after an impressive 13-play, 83-yard drive. They have to settle for a field goal after Lock sails it high to Jeudy in the back of the end zone on third down. 

McManus is good. 

Broncos 9, Patriots 0

Patriots moving the ball. But on a 1st-&-10 from the Broncos' 19-yard line, the snap flies over Newton's head. 15-yard loss. Derrek Tuszka falls on Newton. 

On 3rd-&-13, the Broncos pressure Newton, who fires incomplete. 

Nick Folk is good from 41 yards out. Patriots get on the board. 

Broncos 9, Patriots 3

Lindsay picks up 20 yards on first down. 

Broncos cross into Patriots' territory

On 2nd-&-10 from the New England 21-yard line, Lock is sacked for 13-yard loss. Ball is now on the 34-yard line on third down. 

Broncos give up, hand-off to Royce Freeman for no gain. 

McManus is good from 52 yards. 

Broncos 12, Patriots 3

Third Quarter

Bradley Chubb strip-sacks Newton, but Patriots recover. 9-yard loss. 

Patriots punt. 

Lock hits Jeudy for 16-yard gain. 

Lock sacked on 2nd-&-9 for a 12-yard loss. Brings up third-and-long. 

On 3rd-&-21, Lock hits Patrick for a 35-yard gain down the right sideline. Huge play! 

On 2nd-&-6 from the Patriots' 8-yard line, Lock throws a perfect dime to Okwuegbunam but he can't hold on. Great play by the DB to knock the ball out. 

On third down, Lock fires incomplete but Stephon Gilmore flagged for holding. New set of downs from the 3-yard line. 

Broncos still can't punch it in. Lock scrambles for the pylon on third down but tackled short out of bounds. 

McManus knocks through the chip-shot field goal. 

Broncos 15, Patriots 3

Chubb gets another hit on Newton. He's heating up. 

Harris gets another tipped pass on second down. 

On 3rd-&-3, Newton connects with Ryan Izzo, whose possession of the ball is promptly interrupted by Michael Ojemudia, forcing the fumble. Justin Simmons scoops it up and returns it to the Patriots' 42-yard line. 

Fumble is under review by rule. Stands as called. Broncos' ball. 

Dalton Risner and Diontae Spencer are both questionable to return with a shoulder injury. 

Broncos go three-and-out but McManus saves the day yet again with a 54-yard field goal. He's 6-for-6 on field-goal attempts and 2-for-2 from 50-plus yards out as he moves up the Broncos' record books. 

Broncos 18, Patriots 3

On 1st-&-10, Bryce Callahan picks off Newton, giving the Broncos the Patriots' 6-yard line. It's Callahan's first interception as a Bronco. 

The review sustains the pick but eliminates the return as Callahan was touched while diving for the interception. Broncos will start on New England's 39-yard line. 

On first down, Lindsay rushes for a 30-yard gain, giving him 81 yards on 18 carries as the third quarter comes to a close. 

Fourth Quarter

On 3rd-&-10, Lock throws a perfect pass to DaeSean Hamilton, which he drops. Lock fearlessly targeted Gilmore but his receiver let him down. 

The Broncos will punt for the first time. Sam Martin rolls in and punts it 31 yards, pinning Patriots on their own 8-yard line. 

On 3rd-&-3, the Patriots toss it to James White, who's tackled short by Josey Jewell. Refs give Denver a favorable spot. Punt. 

Broncos can't get anything going. Punt. 

Newton scrambles, picking up 38 yards, giving Patriots 1st-&-Goal. 

Newton sneaks it in on 3rd-&-Goal. Two-Point attempt is no good. 

Broncos 18, Patriots 9

After a couple of big-time Lindsay runs, Lock is picked off on 3rd-&-10. Patriots return it to the Broncos' 39-yard line. 

That the opening the Broncos could not afford to give New England. 

On 1st-&-10, Malik Reed sacks Newton, pushing Patriots back to the 30-yard line. 

Brings up 2nd-&-15. Newton throws the screen to Julian Edelman, losing two more yards. 

On 3rd-&-15, Newton scrambles and picks up 12 yards, giving Patriots a closer field-goal shot. 

Folk connects from 38 yards. It's now a one-score game. Can Vic Fangio forestall a complete fourth-quarter collapse? 

On first down, Lock throws deep to Patrick and Jonathan Jones makes a great interception. Lock picked off on back-to-back throws. 

Broncos 18, Patriots 12 

3:14 to go. 

Patriots cross the 50-yard line. 

Using trickeration. 

On 4th-&-10 from the Broncos' 30-yard line, the game will be decided. Broncos call time out. 

Fangio brings the full zero blitz and it's thrown incomplete! 

Broncos' ball with under 60 seconds. 

Broncos kneel it and emerge with the win. 

Broncos 18, Patriots 12

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nevets4433
nevets4433

McManus earning that contract. Im a bit concerned we haven’t put this away though.

KeithCummings
KeithCummings

Lock inspiring his teammates by taking that big hit and bouncing right back up. Gutsy.

CarlDumler
CarlDumler

Nice to see the Broncos still have yet to punt in this one. Baby steps for the offense. Learn to move the ball and then learn to finish off drives. Really 3 of the drives were just dropped TD’s. My guess is Fant comes down with at least one of those.

KeithCummings
KeithCummings

Have to say Drew keeps giving his old college buddy the looks.

KeithCummings
KeithCummings

Huge TO. Put them away Broncos.

Studlee14
Studlee14

Way to not give up on the play and punch that ball out!

nevets4433
nevets4433

Huge momentum swing there! Let’s goooooooooo

KeithCummings
KeithCummings

We have this in our hands.

Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

Editor

The Broncos needed this game to be Murphy's Law inverted. Outside of the red zone struggles, what could go right for Denver, has gone right. Thank the Football Gods for lightening up on this team.

Denverkewl
Denverkewl

Ok I've got the crow on the grill for all you staff that predicted a loss!

nevets4433
nevets4433

Not good news on Risner. Lindsay is running mad though!

KeithCummings
KeithCummings

It sure is easy to love Phillip Lindsay.

CarlDumler
CarlDumler

Wow. What a kick!

Thomas Hall
Thomas Hall

Ojemudia has been impressive this season. A rookie that looks pretty darn good.

nevets4433
nevets4433

McManu$$$$$$$

KeithCummings
KeithCummings

Brando is AUTOMATIC.

Nick Kendell
Nick Kendell

Editor

McManus is the offense haha man 18 pts

KeithCummings
KeithCummings

I would give anything for a Broncos TD.

KeithCummings
KeithCummings

Bryce Baby!!

CharlieBeagle
CharlieBeagle

Just don't get sacked again Drew. 7FGs is 3 TDs.

KeithCummings
KeithCummings

Broken record time.... Put these guys away!!

Thomas Hall
Thomas Hall

Come on Broncos. Get a TD

Thomas Hall
Thomas Hall

Dropped passes plague the Broncos. Unacceptable

CharlieBeagle
CharlieBeagle

"Dropped by Hamilton", how many times have I heard that?

Studlee14
Studlee14

Im sure Lock is missing his top two weapons Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant with all these drops.

KeithCummings
KeithCummings

Lock had that right there, help him out FFS

CharlieBeagle
CharlieBeagle

These announcers......smh.....what, do these guys work for the Patriots?

Thomas Hall
Thomas Hall

Many people will disagree, but had the Broncos not had the devastating injuries to start the year, they are a damn good football team.

nevets4433
nevets4433

Nice, if nothing else we steal a timeout

Studlee14
Studlee14

Why take that penalty when you have 3 timeouts?

nevets4433
nevets4433

Stupid penalty

KeithCummings
KeithCummings

That is a TD.

Studlee14
Studlee14

This is why you can't rely on only FGs. One score game with 8 Mins left

Thomas Hall
Thomas Hall

Getting only field goals is going to come back to haunt the Broncos. However, they have played pretty well.

CharlieBeagle
CharlieBeagle

They seem to have Lindsay's number now and Patrick is the only reliable receiver.
I hope they don't blow this by being too conservative.

nevets4433
nevets4433

Pay Lindsay

Studlee14
Studlee14

Ugly ugly

KeithCummings
KeithCummings

Play smart Broncos.

Studlee14
Studlee14

Have to bounce back. Momentum has shifted. Need good play calls from Shurmer here in the 4 minute offense.

jimtaylor
jimtaylor

Settling for FG's is coming back to haunt the Broncos. Another close 4th QT game. Let's see if the team can close out this time.... And Drew Lock with the pick. This team is just a disaster

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Chilly303
Chilly303

And they won...... hahaha!

That first pick of Lock, I have to wonder, was Patrick supposed to stop under the CB instead of continuing downfield, considering where the ball was placed?

Lock did alright against one of the best defenses, but he has room to clean it up and get better.

Studlee14
Studlee14

Wow. Just wow. Cue the "here we go again" chant

jimtaylor
jimtaylor

PFF has been very critical of Luck's piss poor accuracy on deep throw's and they are proving right about that.

Denverkewl
Denverkewl

Just stupid to pass

Thomas Hall
Thomas Hall

#Broncos snatching defeat from victory again. Shame because they had this game in the bag.

Thomas Hall
Thomas Hall

Fangio better not waste his timeouts. He is going to need time on the clock.

Studlee14
Studlee14

Come on Chubb! This is your time!

jimtaylor
jimtaylor

That was a brilliant rush by Fangio... Worst last 4 minutes of a game again. This team is the worst team in the NFL in the last 4 minutes of a game but the Broncos will limp away here with a the victory

KeithCummings
KeithCummings

Victory formation.

KeithCummings
KeithCummings

Lots to dislike in that second half but a massive win.

KeithCummings
KeithCummings

Always nice to win in the dragons lair.


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