The Broncos’ night went from ideal to nightmarish in about 15 seconds. Cornerback Bradley Roby nearly picked off a Tom Brady pass on the Patriots’ opening drive and sealed a three-and-out, sending a message that maybe the Broncos’ defense of old was back with a vengeance.
And then disaster struck.
Rookie returner Isaiah McKenzie muffed his fifth punt of the season and the Patriots recovered, setting them up for a quick seven points.
“That’s not the first punt McKenzie’s muffed this year,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said afterward. “We had one chance on the kickoff return, and took advantage of it.”
The Patriots didn’t have to try very hard in their 41-16 victory. Four huge blunders from the Broncos’ special teams led to 24 points for the Patriots, including allowing a kick return for a touchdown, and the team that has historically struggled in Denver left with its largest victory here since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.
The Broncos problems’ have gone from bad to worse, and as coach Vance Joseph scans the disastrous last five weeks, the task of untangling the web they’ve woven is daunting.
Where do you begin? Which fire do you put out first? Do you risk the start of another by dousing one?
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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports