Who’s up, who’s down from the Patriots’ 27-13 loss to the Broncos:
Front seven –- Linemen Ty Warren (team-high 8 tackles), Richard Seymour (5 tackles, 1 sack) and Vince Wilfork were strong up front, with linebackers Willie McGinest, Rosevelt Colvin, Tedy Bruschi and Mike Vrabel limiting the Broncos to 96 yards rushing, their second lowest total of the season. Denver entered the game averaging 158 rushing yards per game.
Deion Branch –- Receiver finishes with eight catches for 153 yards.
Asante Samuel –- Records an interception and plays a solid all-around game, despite being called for a questionable pass interference penalty.
Benjamin Watson -– One of the great hustle plays of the season – he sprints to tackle Champ Bailey at the 1 on an interception return.
Tom Brady –- Quarterback throws a costly interception that Champ Bailey returns 100 yards to the Patriots’ 1. The Patriots were looking to take a 13-10 lead, but instead, found themselves trailing 17-6.
Troy Brown –- Fumbled punt was an uncharacteristic play by sure-handed receiver.
Kevin Faulk –- His lost fumble late in the second quarter sent the Patriots headed in the wrong direction.
Ellis Hobbs –- Loses a fumble on a kickoff return late in the second quarter
Logan Mankins -– Rookie left guard commits two false start penalties.
Looking ahead, Pats coach Bill Belichick will talk to the media this afternoon via a conference call … we’ll have a recap later tonight.