Just throwing it out there, I am honestly so sick of hearing about Tom Brady struggling in Denver. Whether it be the trolls on Twitter or the Patriots haters at ESPN, I just don't want to hear it anymore. All I want is to see Tom play with his usual fire and intensity as opposed to the sense of panic that I've seen from him in Denver before. Anyway, here my predictions for the Patriots' winners and losers for the game this Sunday:
Legarrette Blount: The Broncos defense has become widely known as one of the best in the league. On the other hand, it has also become common knowledge that they are subpar against the run. Therefore, Blount should be in for a big day of pounding the ball on the ground and more than likely setting the Patriots single season record with his 15th rushing TD on the year.
James White: Since the Broncos' pass rush is among the best in the NFL, I fully expect Tom to hit James White for plenty of screens and let him try to rack up the YAC that we love to see from him each week. I personally like his skill set as a pass catcher more than that of Dion Lewis, so look for White to have a big day in Denver.
Dont'a Hightower: The Broncos have the 27th ranked rushing attack in the NFL. So let's think for a second. Who is the best run stopping linebacker you can think of? Easy, Dont'a Hightower. Any running game the Broncos try to get going will easily be shut down by the likes of Hightower and Malcolm Brown.
Logan Ryan: Maybe it's just me, but I'm pretty sure that Logan Ryan's lack of coverage skills are the only reason that any team has converted on a 3rd down this entire season. For this reason, I don't see a match up with Demaryius Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders going very well for him. Hopefully I'm wrong, but I can't imagine that this game will be a good one for the big corner from Rutgers.
Martellus Bennett: Bennett's role in the Patriots offense this week is most likely going to be as a pass blocker. Brady is going to need as much protection as he can get if he wants to be able to sling the ball like he has all season, so I don't see the Bennett being spread out wide very often. As a result, number 88 is not likely to stuff the stat sheet this Sunday.
Cyrus Jones: Cyrus Jones is currently in the dog house of every Pats fan after fumbling his 4th punt return of the season and nearly costing the Patriots the game on Monday night against Baltimore. That being said, Jones will likely not be back returning punts and will play only in his limited role as a cornerback. I kind of wish that I felt bad for him, but once you start affecting the outcome of the games I lose all sympathy.
Malcolm Mitchell: If Mitchell is taken lightly by Denver, Tom Brady's favorite rookie could continue his trend of increased production. However, you can't predict a big game from any receiver against his Denver defense. We'll just have to wait and see on this one.
Devin McCourty: Since Denver has a pass-heavy offense and an average QB, it's not crazy to think that McCourty can have a major impact for the second consecutive week. Nonetheless, I'm not ready to say that he won't get burned by one of Denver's speedy receivers if Matt Patricia gets zone happy.
Chris Hogan: Hogan is Brady's best deep threat by a long shot. If Brady has enough time to let him get downfield, I like Hogan's chances for another big week. This will come down to the play of the offensive line. It's do or die.
Final Score: Patriots 24-Broncos 17