Patriots
Statistically speaking, the Broncos are one of the toughest teams to run against, surrendering just 85.2 rushing yards per game (No. 2 in NFL). There is no denying the matchup of the Patriots’ running game vs. Denver’s running defense favors the Broncos. Because of that, the Patriots need to get just enough production out of the running game, looking to stay out of obvious passing situations where the Broncos can create havoc. Denver has a fast defense, so look for the Patriots to counter with power, with Dillon and Graham two keys.
Final analysis
Statistically speaking, the Broncos are one of the toughest teams to run against, surrendering just 85.2 rushing yards per game (No. 2 in NFL). There is no denying the matchup of the Patriots’ running game vs. Denver’s running defense favors the Broncos. Because of that, the Patriots need to get just enough production out of the running game, looking to stay out of obvious passing situations where the Broncos can create havoc. Denver has a fast defense, so look for the Patriots to counter with power, with Dillon and Graham two keys.
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