This was the game everyone had marked on their calendars. There’s the obvious Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning rivalry, but this was more than that. Sunday was a chance to show everyone how good the Patriots truly are, and they did not disappoint. While Tom Brady has put together an impressive five game stretch of 18 touchdowns with only one interception, it’s been the strong play of the defense that has been the difference. They forced two turnovers on Sunday while keeping the Broncos’ trips to the endzone to a minimum. After the chaos in Kansas City, the Patriots have gone on a five game tear that sits them atop the AFC after nine weeks.
- It’s been said time after time that this is one of the most impressive defensive units in the past decade for the Patriots. Even without mainstays such as Jerod Mayo and Chandler Jones, they managed to keep Manning at bay. Yes Manning did throw for over 400 yards, but he struggled to finish drives. The first interception was good a disguise by Rob Ninkovich to drop to the outside only to come back and cover the inside for the pick. Brandon Browner’s interception came courtesy of a tipped pass off of Wes Welker, who was leveled on the play and didn’t return to the game. The defensive scheme was similar to what the Jets did a few weeks back. They rushed three or four while utilizing a lot of man coverage. They started the game in the nickel formation and used five to six defensive backs for the majority. Unlike years past, they have the talent in the secondary to cover man-to-man on a consistent basis. Continue reading Notes and Observations, Week 9: Patriots Make a Statement in Dominant 43-21 Win Over Broncos »
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