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Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots Pick & Prediction OCT 18TH 2020

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After two postponements due to COVID-19 positive tests in New England, the Patriots and Denver Broncos are ready to play Sunday in Foxborough, Mass.

 

The teams were originally scheduled to play on Oct. 11, and then the game was pushed to the 12th because of the positive coronavirus cases within the New England organization. Another positive test that Sunday forced the game to be moved to Week 6.

 

The Patriots have not had any positive tests since so the game is finally set to be played, but not without major schedule juggling by the NFL. Week 6 was supposed to be a Patriots' bye while the Broncos played in Miami against the Dolphins.

 

The unexpected week off gave Denver quarterback Drew Lock extra time to make his return to the lineup. Lock was beginning to practice after missing two games with a right shoulder injury but was iffy to play if the game were last week.

 

He practiced Wednesday, and while coach Vic Fangio wouldn't say Lock would start, the quarterback said he was ready to go for the Broncos (1-3).

 

"It feels good just to be doing what I love, doing what I feel like I was put down here to do," Lock said after Wednesday's practice. "Great to be back with the guys, calling plays in the huddle ... gets pretty lonely back there with the headset.

 

"I am ready for the first hit, just to get it out of there, let it happen, let everyone hold their breath for a couple seconds and when I get up, everything is just fine."

 

The week off also gave tight end Noah Fant time to heal from an ankle injury and allowed running back Phillip Lindsay another seven days to come back from a turf toe injury. Both were practicing Wednesday but wide receiver KJ Hamler (hamstring) did not.

 

Lindsay's return comes with running back Melvin Gordon's murky status following his citation for a DUI on Tuesday night.

 

"We'll weigh the differences between what the mandated league punishment will be and anything we want to do in addition to that," Fangio said Wednesday. "I'm disappointed, but my own two kids have disappointed me at some points in their life, but I never stopped loving them anymore. He's one of us. We're going to love him, but there will be some consequences to what happened (Tuesday) night."

 

While the Broncos are happy to have Lock back, the time off has given quarterback Cam Newton a chance to return for the Patriots (2-2). Newton was one of the first New England players to test positive for COVID-19 and though he was asymptomatic, he would not have played if the game took place in Week 5.

 

Newton was expected to rejoin the team on Thursday.

 

The Patriots have had four players put on the reserve/COVID-19 list -- Newton, cornerback Stephon Gilmore, defensive tackle Byron Cowart and practice squad defensive lineman Bill Murray.

 

With Cowart on the COVID-19 list and Adam Butler dealing with a shoulder injury, New England was thin on the defensive line, so the team signed defensive tackle Carl Davis off the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad.

 

Despite the coronavirus cases on the team, the Patriots players are happy with how head coach Bill Belichick has handled the situation.

 

"He's been great," running back Rex Burkhead said. "He really has just put our safety, our family's safety first, and he's been in constant communication with us on doing whatever he can or whatever the team can to put in things in place to keep us safe."

 

If New England has Newton back it will be a significant upgrade from the loss at Kansas City on Oct. 5. Backup Brian Hoyer was pulled in the second half but his replacement, Jarrett Stidham, also struggled.

 

--Field Level Media

 

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Denver Broncos

New England Patriots

Player Position Lineup
Garett Bolles primary: Left Tackle Starter
Jake Butt primary: Fullback Starter
Bryce Callahan primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Bradley Chubb primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Kareem Jackson primary: Strong Safety Starter
Josey Jewell primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Alexander Johnson primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Phillip Lindsay primary: Runningback Starter
Drew Lock primary: Quarterback Starter
Tim Patrick primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Mike Purcell primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Malik Reed primary: Strong Linebacker Starter
Dalton Risner primary: Left Guard Starter
Justin Simmons primary: Free Safety Starter
Graham Glasgow primary: Right Guard Starter
Nick Vannett primary: Tight End Starter
Shelby Harris primary: Defensive End Starter
Jerry Jeudy primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Michael Ojemudia primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Lloyd Cushenberry III primary: Center Starter
Demar Dotson primary: Right Tackle Starter
DeShawn Williams primary: Defensive End Starter
Calvin Anderson primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
De'Vante Bausby primary: Cornerback Substitution
Andrew Beck primary: Fullback Substitution
Duke Dawson Jr. primary: Cornerback Substitution
Royce Freeman primary: Runningback Substitution
DaeSean Hamilton primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Davontae Harris primary: Cornerback Substitution
Joe Jones primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Trey Marshall primary: Safety Substitution
Brandon McManus primary: Kicker Substitution
Jake Rodgers primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Diontae Spencer primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Josh Watson primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Jeremy Cox primary: Runningback Substitution
P.J. Locke primary: Safety Substitution
Jacob Bobenmoyer primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Sam Martin primary: Punter Substitution
Austin Schlottmann primary: Guard Substitution
Albert Okwuegbunam primary: Tight End Substitution
Tyrie Cleveland primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Derrek Tuszka primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Essang Bassey primary: Cornerback Substitution
Anthony Chickillo primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Timmy Jernigan primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Sylvester Williams primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Noah Fant primary: Tight End Not active
Brett Rypien primary: Quarterback Did not play
Jeff Driskel primary: Quarterback Not active
Melvin Gordon III primary: Runningback Not active
Jeremiah Attaochu primary: Outside Linebacker Not active
KJ Hamler primary: Wide Receiver Not active
McTelvin Agim primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Netane Muti primary: Guard Not active
Player Position Lineup
Ja'Whaun Bentley primary: Linebacker Starter
Adam Butler primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jermaine Eluemunor primary: Right Tackle Starter
Stephon Gilmore primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Lawrence Guy primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Damien Harris primary: Runningback Starter
N'Keal Harry primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Ryan Izzo primary: Tight End Starter
Jakob Johnson primary: Fullback Starter
Jonathan Jones primary: Safety Starter
Devin McCourty primary: Defensive Back Starter
Jason McCourty primary: Left Cornerback Starter
John Simon primary: Right End Starter
Joe Thuney primary: Center Starter
Chase Winovich primary: Left End Starter
Isaiah Wynn primary: Left Guard Starter
Adrian Phillips primary: Defensive Back Starter
Damiere Byrd primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Anfernee Jennings primary: Linebacker Starter
Mike Onwenu primary: Right Guard Starter
Justin Herron primary: Left Tackle Starter
Cam Newton primary: Quarterback Starter
Jake Bailey primary: Punter Substitution
Justin Bethel primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Terrence Brooks primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Rex Burkhead primary: Runningback Substitution
Shilique Calhoun primary: Linebacker Substitution
Joe Cardona primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Korey Cunningham primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Julian Edelman primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Hjalte Froholdt primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
J.C. Jackson primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Gunner Olszewski primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Matthew Slater primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
James White primary: Runningback Substitution
Joejuan Williams primary: Cornerback Substitution
Deatrich Wise Jr. primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Nick Thurman primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Brandon Copeland primary: Linebacker Substitution
Kyle Dugger primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Devin Asiasi primary: Tight End Substitution
Cassh Maluia primary: Linebacker Substitution
Rashod Berry primary: Tight End Substitution
Isaiah Zuber primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Nick Folk primary: Kicker Substitution
Jakobi Meyers primary: Wide Receiver Did not play
Jarrett Stidham primary: Quarterback Did not play
Brian Hoyer primary: Quarterback Not active
Dalton Keene primary: Tight End Not active
Myles Bryant primary: Defensive Back Not active
J.J. Taylor primary: Runningback Not active
Caleb Benenoch primary: Offensive Tackle Did not play
Carl Davis Jr. primary: Nose Tackle Not active

Denver Broncos

New England Patriots

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 44 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Brandon McManus
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 45 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Brandon McManus
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 52 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Brandon McManus
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 41 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Nick Folk
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 27 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Brandon McManus
  • Period 3
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 54 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Brandon McManus
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 20 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Brandon McManus
  • Period 4
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 38 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Nick Folk
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Cam Newton
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • Las Vegas L 32 - 31
  • @L.A. Chargers L 16 - 19
  • Buffalo L 48 - 19
  • @Carolina W 32 - 27
  • @Kansas City L 16 - 22
  • New Orleans L 31 - 3
  • Miami W 13 - 20
  • @Las Vegas L 12 - 37
  • @Atlanta L 27 - 34
  • L.A. Chargers W 30 - 31
W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • N.Y. Jets W 14 - 28
  • Buffalo L 38 - 9
  • @Miami L 12 - 22
  • @L.A. Rams L 3 - 24
  • @L.A. Chargers W 45 - 0
  • Arizona W 17 - 20
  • @Houston L 20 - 27
  • Baltimore W 17 - 23
  • @N.Y. Jets W 30 - 27
  • @Buffalo L 21 - 24

Last Meetings

  • Broncos @ Patriots 18-12
  • Broncos @ Patriots 0-0
  • Patriots @ Broncos 41-16
  • Patriots @ Broncos 16-3
  • Patriots @ Broncos 18-20
  • Patriots @ Broncos 24-30
  • Broncos @ Patriots 21-43
  • Patriots @ Broncos 16-26
  • Broncos @ Patriots 31-34
  • Broncos @ Patriots 21-31

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

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