The Denver Broncos traveled to New England after a long anticipated meeting with the Patriots this past weekend. They were supposed to play last week however; several players and staff from the Patriots organization tested positive for COVID-19 including New England quarterback (QB) Cam Newton.
The Broncos, coming off their first win over the New York Jets at the start of October had two weeks to prepare for New England whereas the Patriots were restricted to only two practices, one of which was a walk-through due to their positive COVID-19 cases. Denver’s two weeks of preparation were evident in Sunday’s matchup as Denver’s defense caused a headache for Bill Belichick’s offense all day. The Patriots’ defense was finding it hard to penetrate Denver’s offensive-line and QB Drew Lock was able to make some over-the-top plays, over 25 yards on several occasions.
In the end, the Broncos were able to record their first win in Foxborough against the Patriots since Jake Plummer was behind center in September of 2006. Sunday’s win also set a new record for Denver’s QB Drew Lock who became the youngest QB to get a win at Foxborough. Although the young QB played well Sunday it was Denver’s kicker Brandon McManus who garnered all the credit for Denver’s win after kicking six field goals in the Broncos rout of the Patriots 18-12.
Next week the Broncos will face divisional foes the Kansas City Chiefs in Denver at 2:25 p.m. The Broncos are hoping to apply similar pressure that the Raiders brought to the Chiefs last Sunday in their win over the Chiefs 40-32.
In other sports, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat last Sunday 106-93 capping off their 2020 Championship run and securing their 17th title. The Lakers beat the Heat in 6 games.
Also out of L.A. the Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves in game 7 Sunday night, sending them to the World Series with the Tampa Bay Rays beginning Tuesday night in L.A. at 6:09 p.m. The Dodgers weathered a potential elimination after being down 3-1 in their series with the Braves.
The NBA draft is just around the corner, scheduled for November 18th with the Denver Nuggets picking at number 22. Denver has a number of promising prospects from last year’s draft and fans are excited to see what the upcoming season has to offer. Player’s like Bol Bol, Michael Porter Jr. who Denver gave minutes to early in the playoffs are expected to make significant impacts next season.