Patriots hope to create rare winning streak in Denver

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The Patriots under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have thrived in most places. Except Denver.

Losers against the Broncos in the venue still named for a defunct company both during the 2015 regular season and postseason, the Patriots churned out a 16-3 win last December in Denver, besting Trevor Siemian in his first career start against New England — and preventing him from joining an exclusive club that includes Brian Griese, Jake Plummer (twice), Kyle Orton, Peyton Manning, and Brock Osweiler, each of whom have beaten Brady and Belichick in Denver.

On Sunday night, Osweiler will get his second career start against the Patriots as the Broncos quarterback. Last year, Osweiler faced the Patriots twice as the starting quarterback of the Texans, and it didn’t go well. The playoff encounter actually went better for Osweiler, whose team was in the game until Osweiler sailed a pass over the head of receiver DeAndre Hopkins. The ball would be caught by the Patriots, and the game (and Osweiler’s time in Houston) would be over.

This year, the Patriots seem to be better on offense, worse on defense. The Broncos are much worse on offense, and as a result also worse on defense, because the bad offense is putting more pressure on the championship-caliber defense.

And so, come Sunday night in Denver, Osweiler may become the only guy with full membership in both clubs: Broncos quarterbacks who have beaten Brady and Belichick in Denver, and those (currently, Siemian, Danny Kanell, and Tim Tebow) who haven’t.

Likewise, the 2016-17 Broncos have a chance to join a club that last added a member in 1966 — Broncos teams that lost at back-to-back games at home to the Patriots.

29 responses to “Patriots hope to create rare winning streak in Denver

  1. Belichick would be the first to tell you that what happened in any venue or against any team in the past has no bearing on the coming game.

    Denver is a tough place to play for anybody however, no question about that.

  2. Always tough there. The noise. Best chance for the Pats is get up early and step on the gas, and keep em quiet.

  3. Brady will be MORE than fine this weekend… the guy probably spent the off-season training on mountain summits to handle Mile High and Estadio Azteca in back-to-back weeks

  4. wib22 says:
    November 11, 2017 at 11:36 am
    Won’t matter. Pats are finished this season.
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    Easy mistake to make for a dollfan, chippy, seeing as the Pats’ year usually doesn’t even go full-throttle before Miami’s season is over. Enjoy the playoffs!

  5. Will be close but if the Pats just make Osweiler throw and not let the Denver run game pick up steam this should be another win in Denver which is hard to come by.

  6. wib22 says:
    November 11, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Won’t matter. Pats are finished this season.
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    you forgot to mention that TB can’t throw farther than 2 yards…

  7. The Pats will definitely win in Denver. God has decreed it. Example: Bennets shoulder was miraculously cured merely by signing with the Pats. Case closed.

  8. It’s also interesting to note Peyton Manning was 6-2 against the Denver Broncos when he was with the Colts. Hopefully Brady plays long enough to match Peyton’s record against the Broncos.

  9. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 11, 2017 at 12:38 pm
    It’s also interesting to note Peyton Manning was 6-2 against the Denver Broncos when he was with the Colts….
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    Maybe Peyton will play long enough to catch Brady in career NFL wins for a QB (he is only 14 behind), and/or career NFL Super Bowl wins for a QB (he is only three behind).

    Do you think Peyton has a chance?

  10. megnailsit says:
    November 11, 2017 at 11:29 am

    How is it that the Pats even play Denver three years in a row, let alone they’re all in Denver?
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    The same way they play Pittsburgh so often, based on the team’s respective finishes in their divisions although this year it’s because the rotation has the AFCE playing the AFCW. As far as going to Denver 3 years in a row, the Broncos came to New England in ’12, ’13 and ’14.

  11. The Broncos are bad on all sides of the ball. If NE’s defense from the past few weeks shows up, this will be an easy win. If they make Brock Osweiler look like the next Joe Montana…

    then who knows.

  12. you forgot to mention that TB can’t throw farther than 2 yards…

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    He can, but only on dump offs and slants.

    No more deep shots for the 2 yard master

  13. 2 yard master…. 5 time WORLD CHAMPION
    Well at least ONE of those statements is correct…..
    I’ll let the educated ones figure it out!!

  14. This Bronco fan intends to look upon the Pats with envy. Somebody in their organization knows that a quarterback has to have an emergency outlet on nearly all pass plays.

    Receiving tight ends, slot receivers, or a back with good hands can all fill the roll

    Now, if this “outlet” concept is needed for a future first year HOF’er, how much more important is it for a sub standard QB such as those on Denver’s roster?

    Our personel guy, John Elway, has done a great job with low round draft choices and free agents, but he has been asleep at the wheel in the first three rounds of the draft. Quick, other than Von Miller name one first, second or third rounder from Elway’s last 6 drafts to make the Pro Bowl.

  15. Denver has the single greatest home field advantage in sports: altitude. I guess the 1-7 Giants didn’t get the memo, and that’s why there are only two winless teams instead of 3.

  16. “No more deep shots for the 2 yard master”

    Lolz Brady was #2 in the league of completions of 20+ yards in the air last season, and was leading the league in completions of 20+ yards much of this season, though I think he’s fallen to 3rd at this point though still #1 in completions of 40+ yards in the air this season.

    Ie, Tom is one of the top 3 long ball passers in the league. That’s an actual fact.

    Don’t you ever get tired of humiliating yourself by stating the exact opposite of what’s true? Everyone here knows your ridiculous act. You must like making a fool of yourself.

  17. goodell loves the hee haws – helps them as much as he can every week – WWNFL is half the reason ratings are tanking. goodell and his destruction of, what was once a great game, is the other reason.
    kneelers just pushed everyone over the edge.

  18. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    November 11, 2017 at 1:45 pm
    megnailsit says:
    November 11, 2017 at 11:29 am

    How is it that the Pats even play Denver three years in a row, let alone they’re all in Denver?
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    The same way they play Pittsburgh so often, based on the team’s respective finishes in their divisions although this year it’s because the rotation has the AFCE playing the AFCW. As far as going to Denver 3 years in a row, the Broncos came to New England in ’12, ’13 and ’14.

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    Yep and they “switch” back to Foxboro starting next year assuming obviously that the two teams finish in the same spot in their division and actually play each other. Right now that looks unlikely.

  19. I never feel good about any game in Denver. The home field advantage altitude is that powerful. The Patriots should win though. 5 Ring Tom has extra motivation for the games here because no one hates losing more than him.

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