New England Patriots are known for their offensive firepower. Tom Brady is the symbol of this franchise, always putting up a lot of points and leading this team to wins. Well, Denver showed why they are the number one passing defense in the NFL as Tom Brady and his offense couldn’t move the ball in the first quarter of the match.
Patriots’ quarterback was unable to complete a pass in the first quarter, but eventually, he got it going and finished the game 16/32 for 188 yards with no touchdowns and no picks. Dion Lewis was effective with 95 rushing yards on 18 carries. Everybody expected Blount to carry the load in this game, but it was Lewis that was heavily featured.
The main reason that the Patriots won their duel was their performance on the defensive side of the ball. Big plays that Denver can make with their two dynamic wideouts were neutralized by this Patriots secondary. Malcolm Butler was always on the ball, never lost a step in the game. Logan Ryan sparked this team with a perfect play on the ball and ideal anticipation. Broncos’ defense couldn’t recover from that as they failed to make a single trip to the end zone.
Patriots’ loss of Rob Gronkowski was a big hit, but if this New England defense can keep playing the way they have in the past couple of rounds, Patriots will be just as legit as if Gronk was on the field.