The Patriots are 2 & 2, and so are the Broncos. The Pats lost their 2nd & 3rd games, & so did the Broncos. The NE guys easily won their first and last game, & so did the Broncos.
The NE guys lost their 2nd & 3rd games by a combined 3 points.
The Broncos lost their 2nd & 3rd games by a combined 12 points.
The NE guys won their 1st & 4th games by a combined 45 points.
The Broncos won their 1st & 4th games by a combined 43 points.
These two teams look pretty similar to me. Sure, the Pats lost by 9 less and won by 2 more, but home field advantage may not be enough to beat the Denver Broncos this year!Rahim Moore 22, Wesley Woodyard 20, Mike Adams 15, Tracy Porter 13, Von Miller 11. We're talking solo tackles here, because those are the ones that stand out to me. 81 tackles from five guys = 45.5% of the entire team. Champ Bailey 10, Elvis Dumervil 10, Chris Harris 10 add another 30 to the 81.
The Denver Broncos have 178 solo tackles this year to 203 for their opponents. I hope that's because our O is on the field more than our D.
Eric Decker has 24 REC, 322 YDS, 13.4 YDS/REC & Demaryius Thomas has 21 REC, 325 YDS, 15.5 YDS/REC, & Jacob Tamme has 15 REC, 125 YDS, 8.3 YDS/REC, & Brandon Stokley has 13 REC, 158 YDS, 12.2 YDS/REC.
It doesn't really look to me like Peyton is going to have a hard time finding someone to throw the ball to, especially when you add Joel Dreessen 10.7 YDS/REC, Lance Ball 11.0 YDS/REC, Ronnie Hillman 11.0 YDS/REC, Matt Willis 14.0 YDS/REC who are all in double digit YDS/REC after having made at least 2 catches this year.
The shocker to me is that Matt Prater only has a 39.6 passer rating this year, & that beats last year by exactly that margin!
We have a 46.3% 3rd down conversion rating to our opponents 41.4%. It looks like after a bad start things are beginning to get back to where they should be, but with teams converting on 50 - 60% of 3rd downsduring the first three games, it will take a few games of great D to get that overall % back down there to a respectable 30%.
Go Broncos! The Pats are a very beatable team! We just need our A game, but we need that every week anyway.