Tom Brady completed 25-of-34 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns while adding one rush for no gain Sunday in the Patriots' Week 10 win over the Broncos. They say they have good veteran leaders, that the coaching staff has put them in good position for the most part, and that they know what it takes to turn things around. "It's hard to play this team when you're behind and they can just tee off on the (pass) rushes". The special teams later gave up a 103-yard kickoff return to Dion Lewis, and had a punt blocked.
The Broncos were poised to get the ball after stopping the Patriots' opening possession with a three-and-out, but rookie Isaiah McKenzie muffed the punt and Hollister recovered at the Broncos' 24-yard line.
Joseph conceded the special teams struggled, but he admires Olivo's work ethic.
The Broncos are 3-5 and going into their second game with Brock Osweiler starting at quarterback. We moved the ball better tonight but we didn't score touchdowns.
"I think it's important for us to recognize them", Wolfe said, per the Broncos' website. A second McManus field goal made the score 14-6 with just more than five minutes remaining in the first quarter, but that was as close as the Broncos got for the rest of the night. Osweiler's touchdown pass was caught by Demaryius Thomas, whose seven-yard catch trimmed the margin to 27-16. In a game that probably had Bill Belichick beaming afterwards for his team's play in all three phases, it was the Patriots' special teams that ended up being the deciding factor in Denver with a handful off game-altering plays in the first half.
NOTES: Patriots WR Matthew Slater went out in the first half with a hamstring injury. Of the nine players to catch a Brady pass, seven had at least two receptions, which included tight end Martellus Bennett (three catches for 38 yards) in his return to New England after being waived by Green Bay earlier this week.