The New England Patriots surrendered 18 points to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, with all of them coming courtesy of kicker Brandon McManus. The veteran, who signed a four-year contract extension with his team one month earlier, attempted six field goals — all of them splitting the uprights.
McManus made a 45-yarder followed by a 44-yarder in the first quarter, before adding a 27-yarder and a 52-yarder in the second. After halftime, he also was successful on a 20-yard attempt before also connecting on his second-longest field goal of the season, a kick from 54-yards out. Simply put, McManus was outstanding against the Patriots and a big reason why Denver left New England with an 18-12 victory under its belt.
For his impressive performance, the 29-year-old has now been named the AFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week. McManus has now earned the honor after back-to-back games: he also was named the conference’s standout special teams performer after the Broncos win over the New York Jets in Week 4, when he made three field goals and four extra points.
The Patriots, meanwhile, have not had one of their players recognized so far this season.