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Week 5 Preview: Denver Broncos at New England Patriots

Previewing the match-up between the Denver Broncos visiting the New England Patriots, focusing on key injuries and game notes.

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WEEK 6 PREVIEWS:
HOU @ TEN | BAL @ PHI | ATL @ MIN | CLE @ PIT | CIN @ IND | DET @ JAX | CHI @ CAR
WAS @ NYG | DEN @ NE | NYJ @ MIA | GB @ TB | LAR @ SF | KC @ BUF | ARZ @ DAL

Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots
When: 10/18 @ 1pm ET
Watch: CBS
Point Spread: Patriots -9.5
Over/Under: 45
Moneyline: Broncos +330 | Patriots -435

Broncos Key Injuries: Jeremiah Attaochu, LB, Quad (Q), Melvin Gordon, RB, NIR (D), K.J. Hamler, WR, Hamstring (Q), Noah Fant, TE, Ankle (Q), Mike Purcell, DT, Knee (Q), Bryce Callahan, CB, Wrist (Q), Phillip Lindsay, RB, Foot (Q), Drew Lock, QB, Shoulder, (Q)
Patriots Key Injuries: Julian Edelman, WR, Knee (Q), Shaq Mason, OL, Knee (Q)

NOTES: QB BRETT RYPIEN completed 19 of 31 passes (61.3 pct.) for 242 yards & 2 TDs vs. 3 INTs in 1st-career start in Week 4.
RB MELVIN GORDON rushed for season-high 107 yards & 2 TDs in Week 4. Has 80+ scrimmage yards & TD in 4 of his past 5.
Rushed for 132 yards & TD in only career game vs. NE (10/29/17with LAC). Aims for his 7th in row vs. AFC East with rush TD. Aims for his 5th in row on road with TD. Is 1 of 3 (EZEKIEL ELLIOTT & TODD GURLEY) with 50+ TDs (51) since 2016. WR TIM PATRICK had 6 catches for career-high 113 yards & TD in Week 4. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD. Rookie WR
JERRY JEUDY had 61 rec. yards & 1st-career TD catch in Week 4 aims for his 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Ranks 3rd among AFC rookies with 234 rec. yards this season. TE NOAH FANT had 5 catches in Week 4. Has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4. Has
50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. LB BRADLEY CHUBB had 5 tackles & season-high 2.5 sacks in Week 4, his 4th-career game with 2+ sacks. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. LB JOSEY JEWELL led team with 10 tackles & had PD & career-high 2 sacks in Week 4. Has TFL in 2 of 3 career games vs. AFC East. LB ALEXANDER JOHNSON had 1st sack of season in Week 4. Has 21 tackles (10.5 per game) in 2 career games vs. AFC East. S JUSTIN SIMMONS aims for his 5th in row with 5+ tackles. Had sack in last meeting. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 on road. S KAREEM JACKSON had 2 FF in his last game vs. NE (9/9/18 with Hou.). CB DE’VANTE BAUSBY had 3 PD in Week 4.

QB CAM NEWTON has 90+ rating & 2+ rush TDs in 2 of his past 3 ranks tied-2nd among QBs with 4 rush TDs this season. RB DAMIEN HARRIS led team with career-high 100 rush yards in season debut in Week 4. RB JAMES WHITE had 59 scrimmage
yards (38 rec., 21 rush) & team-high 7 catches in Week 4. Had TD catch in last meeting. Since 2016, leads all RBs in rec. TDs
(20) & ranks 2nd in catches (285) & rec. yards (2,444). RB REX BURKHEAD aims for 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has
3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 2. Had TD catch in last meeting. WR JULIAN EDELMAN has 24 catches for 274 yards (91.3 per
game) & 3 TDs in his past 3 vs. Den. Has 50+ rec. yards & TD catch in 3 of his past 4 at home vs. AFC West. WR DAMIERE
BYRD had 5 catches for season-high 80 yards in Week 4. Has 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. WR N’KEAL HARRY
had 1st TD catch of season in Week 4. CB STEPHON GILMORE had 1st FF of season in Week 4. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Den. with PD. Has 13 PD & 3 INTs in his past 8 at home. CB J.C. JACKSON had PD & FR in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with PD & FR. CB JONATHAN JONES aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles. Had PD in last meeting. S DEVIN MCCOURTY has PD in 3 of his past 4 vs. Den., incl. postseason. LB CHASE WINOVICH aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB JA’WHAUN BENTLEY led team with 6 tackles & had PD in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. LB BRANDON COPELAND had TFL in his last game vs. Den.
(10/7/18 with NYJ).

Heisen is currently a journalism major at the University of Oregon and was part of the SemiPro Media team as a Co-Assistant Editor and Staff Writer. He has a passion for fantasy football and a knack for the analytical statistics behind football. Heisen roots for a football team that epitomizes choking: The Los Angeles Chargers.

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