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New England Patriots links 10/19/20 - Underprepared Patriots underperformed vs. Broncos

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Denver Broncos v New England Patriots
Joe Thuney and the O-line took the brunt of the weeks without on-field practices
Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images



  • Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) Denver Boot: Broncos six field goals sink Patriots, 18-12. New England’s three turnovers prove too costly as they drop to 2-3 on the season.
  • Doug Kyed gives us his post-game takeaways: Secondary provides bright spot in the loss; Jonathan Jones played one of his best games as a Patriot.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: O-Line finally cracks as injuries mount. Plus: Another goose egg from a tight end. Five games in, Devin Asiasi has yet to be targeted, and Dalton Keene has yet to see the field. Keene was a healthy scratch for the third straight game.
  • Bob George (PatsFans) Frustrating day as the Patriots come up short vs Broncos. The “Patriots were woefully underprepared to play the Broncos on Sunday, thanks to a ton of cancelled practices, Zoom meetings and no real sense of chemistry or what to do out there.”
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Monday morning reaction: Patriots ugly loss to Denver. It all starts with the offense, which was …to be kind, terrible.
  • Tom E. Curran nixes any excuses for the Patriots’ performance and brings up the cheating Titans as an example of a team that came up strong. /Titans held illegal practices while facility was closed.
  • Chad Finn shares twelve thoughts on the 18-12 loss. “The Patriots still don’t have enough quality skill players in their passing game, at wide receiver or tight end.”
  • Dave D’Onofrio offers five takeaways from the question-prompting loss to the Broncos. These aren’t the well-prepared, able-to-overcome Patriots of yesteryear.
  • Conor Roche reports the offensive players critique their poor showing in loss to Broncos. The Pats offense had a season-low 288 yards on Sunday, ‘We just want to do better.’
  • Doug Kyed tells us what went wrong in the sloppy Week 6 loss. It’s a credit to the defense for not allowing any touchdowns. But they did let Denver to march down the field for six field goals.
  • Darren Hartwwell’s Patriots-Broncos overreactions: Time to trade for a pass-catcher?
  • Zack Cox has a few suggestions for what the Patriots must do to rebound from their 2-3 start. 1. Stop the turnovers.
  • Zack Cox relays Cam Newton on what went wrong on the final play, “It wasn’t a miscommunication. I tried to anticipate where he was going to be. I let the ball go prior to him breaking on his initial route. I knew I was going to get hit, and I tried to give him a chance.”
  • Sean T. McGuire notes Vic Fangio offers insight on the game-ending play call vs. the Patriots. The Broncos head coach had never called a double safety blitz prior.
  • Zack Cox reports Bill Belichick says Patriots need ‘more practice’ after the loss to the Broncos: “We need to practice together. We need to execute and do everything better. No question about that. … It’s the same for everybody on the team. Nobody’s practiced. We all need to do more practice. We need to get our execution levels up a lot higher.”
  • Doug Kyed notes Cam Newton says he still has ‘extremely high’ confidence in his pass catchers.
  • Zack Cox mentions Cam Newton admits the ‘time off showed’ in his return from the COVID list, “But I have to be better, and I will be better.”
  • Ryan Hannable collects what the players had to say about the lack of practice time after only practicing once last week before hosting the Broncos. They acknowledge the situation but offer no excuses.
  • NBC Sports Boston points out the Patriots amazing streak snd NFL record of playing 225 straight games in October or later without being below .500, ended Sunday.
  • Alexandra Francisco points out this was the first game the Patriots lost without giving up a touchdown in the Belichick era.
  • JP Finlay passes along a report that that Patriots consider Washington a threat to sign Cam Newton.


  • NFL Game Center ( Broncos 18 at Patriots 12. Recap, stats, drives.
  • Sam Monson (Pro Football Focus) NFL Week 6 PFF ReFocused: Broncos 18, Patriots 12. The Patriots fumbled the ball four times, though they only lost one of them. They also threw two picks for a total of three turnovers that could have been far more.
  • Judy Battista ( Patriots sloppy in loss to Broncos after COVID-19 disruption.
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Patriots vs. Broncos: Denver survives New England’s fourth quarter surge, puts them under .500 for 2020.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Drew Lock overcomes multiple interceptions to beat the Patriots in New England.
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Breaking down the Patriots approach leading up to the NFL trade deadline, possible targets.
  • Elizabeth Swinton (SI) Patriots have losing record in October for first time since 2002.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Titans emerge from stretch with disrupted schedule as one of the NFL’s best teams; Buccaneers wax Packers. Plus, that Hall of Fame QB battle wasn’t exactly how it was billed, Raheem Morris gets in the win column, Philip Rivers leads a comeback and much more from Week 6.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) Week 6 FMIA: Ryan Tannehill, Titans are changing the narrative in the AFC.
  • Around the NFL ( NFL Week 6: What we learned from Sunday’s games. 1. A New England offense that hasn’t practiced much of late due to COVID-19 protocols and had to play with a makeshift offensive line, well, looked it.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) NFL Week 6 takeaways, stat leaders: An U-G-L-Y showing for the Patriots.
  • Gary Gramling (SI) Week 6 Takeaways: Steelers bully Browns, Nightmare days for Rodgers and Baker, Henry a hero; Cam is back (but not better than ever); More.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL insider notes: Vikings are a mess, why you shouldn’t count out Carson Wentz, Eagles; More. Patriots lack of recent practice time due to their Covid results was clearly a factor on Sunday.
  • Dan Graziano (ESPN) Judging Week 6 NFL overreactions. The Patriots will miss the playoffs. Verdict: Overreaction.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 6 grades. Patriots C, Broncos B+. Outside of the fourth quarter, New England looked like a team that hadn’t been able to see or practice with one another for two weeks.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The winners and losers of NFL Week 6.
  • Around the NFL ( Notable injuries from Sunday’s Week 6 games. Patriots: G Jermaine Eluemunor suffered an ankle injury and was ruled out. DL Adam Butler suffered an elbow injury.