To say the Broncos struggled on special teams Sunday would be like saying passengers on the Hindenburg had a bumpy flight.
The Patriots added another special teams impact play when Burkhead broke through to block a Riley Dixon punt, leading to Gostkowski's second field goal of the game, a 28-yarder that gave the Patriots a 20-6 lead midway through the second quarter.
Following their fifth straight loss of the 2017 season and their second really ugly loss in a row at the hands of the New England Patriots, it's apparent that the Denver Broncos are the worst coached team in the National Football League right now. They scored two plays later for a 7-0 lead. In the fourth quarter, Denver's punt return unit got caught with 12 men on the field, giving the ball back to the Patriots with a five-yard penalty and first down.
Tom Brady, Patriots QB. We moved the ball better tonight but we didn't score touchdowns.
Denver quarterback Brock Osweiler completed 18 of his 33 pass attempts for 221 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Last week in Philadelphia, Osweiler tossed two picks and completed just 50 percent of his passes in a 51-23 loss.
Even Denver's resident optimist, linebacker Von Miller, was at a loss as he tried to sift through the pieces Sunday night. "That's all we can worry about right now is try to get a win, we have to get a win, because nothing's going to change if we don't get one".
Martellus and Dwayne and pray for rain - It sure looked like it was going to be another lost evening for beleaguered tight end Dwayne Allen, who not only came into the game still searching for his first catch as a member of the Patriots, but now having to deal wth the addition of Martellus Bennett (three catches, 38 yards).