The New England Patriots are now less than 24 hours away from a pivotal matchup against familiar foe Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. In advance of this game, you can bet that Bill Belichick and the rest of the coaching staff will make a point of focusing on turnover-free football as much as possible. While turnovers are never a good thing, they are especially important to avoid this week given the degree of difficulty this matchup figures to be.
The Broncos are an offensive juggernaut capable of scoring points in several different ways. They can pass, run, and score on the defensive side of the ball if need be. With the Patriots as beat up on defense as they have been all season, they cannot afford to lose any opportunities to possess the ball on offense, nor can they give Denver extra chances to score.
As the Kansas City Chiefs found out last week, if you give Manning enough opportunities with the football, eventually he is going to make you look foolish. Starting first and foremost with Stevan Ridley, whose fumbling continues to be a problem, the Patriots must do whatever is necessary to prevent coughing up the ball this week.
Just as importantly, Tom Brady must also play turnover-free tomorrow night, something he has struggled to do so far this season. If the Patriots can play turnover-free football or at the very least, turn the football over as little as possible, they may have a chance in this game. If not, they could be in danger of losing their second game in a row and possibly, a number one seed in the AFC playoffs.