Game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots have been lopsided in recent years. In the 2012 NFL playoffs, the Broncos took a 45-10 thumping from the Patriots. There have been many changes with the Broncos and the game should be much different this time around.
The Broncos have added QB Peyton Manning to help with the the offense, and DBs Tracy Porter and Mike Adams to help with the defense.
Last season the Broncos ranked 31st in pass offense and 1st in rush offense. They ran so often using then-QB Tim Tebow that it was easy to be ranked first in the run. This season they are showing a much more balanced offensive attack and are ranked 9th in the pass and 14th in the run.
The defense ranked 18th against the pass and 22nd against the run in 2011. With the addition of Porter, Adams and the more experienced defensive front this season, the Broncos are ranked 12th verses the pass and 8th against the run.
There haven’t been any major changes to the defense, but they have been together for another year and some of the younger players are stepping up. The major change is Manning. When you add a guy like this to your team there will always be an immediate impact. The whole flow of the game changed. He manages the game in a way that helps the offense and defense at the same time. It’s called ball control and pressure. The defense doesn’t have to stay on the field for the majority of the game or have the pressure on them that they have to win the game because the offense can’t.
The game will be much different than the recent past with the Patriots, but will it be enough to beat the high-powered Patriots? I guess we will have wait and see on Sunday.
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