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Week 10 Preview: New England Patriots at Denver Broncos

This week's matchup against an arch nemesis will be anything but easy

Tom Brady is once again facing what has been known as his House of Horrors.

Brady has a losing career record at the Mile High City, with a mark of 3-4.

Even with the Denver Broncos (3-5) losing four straight games, the team will more than likely get up for this game considering it’s in prime time and it’s against a team that has been somewhat of a rival of sorts in the New England Patriots (6-2).

The Denver offense has been struggling to find consistency at the quarterback position, and will turn to Brock Osweiler to try and get off the snide.

Before people laugh at the notion of Osweiler as a quarterback, remember the fact that he very well almost led the Houston Texans in last year’s Divisional Playoff game in a victory at Gillette Stadium. He certainly put up a bigger challenge than Ben Roethlisberger did in the AFC Championship game.

Defensive tackle Malcom Brown has been ruled out, but cornerbacks Eric Rowe and Stephon Gilmore are ruled questionable. If both can suit up, it will be a big boost to the secondary in covering the likes of the explosive dynamic duo of Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas.

Gilmore’s inability to perform on the field has been frustrating, but the last time he was on the gridiron donning the flying Elvis on his helmet, he kept the lethal Mike Evans in check with five receptions for 49-yards on eight targets. If he can press cover Thomas, who has been known to be taken out of games when facing a physical corner, the Patriots odds of coming out on top with a road victory will increase in a large way.

Offensively, the team will be without wide receiver Chris Hogan and lineman Marcus Cannon. Both hurt, as Brady will have one less weapon at his disposal and one blocker to try and slow down the vaunted Broncos pass rush that involves the likes of Von Miller, Shane Ray, and Derek Wolfe.

After a bye week, the Patriots should be fully prepared for whatever Denver will throw their way.

However, what should happen doesn’t always, in fact, happen.

 

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