Patriots try to avoid falling under .500 in their weird season as they face Broncos on Yahoo Sports app
All NFL teams go through ups and downs. The New England Patriots have lost more than almost any other team.
Being under 500 for five weeks in a season isn't ideal, but it does happen. This has not happened to the Patriots since 2001. Of course, they teamed up this season to win a Super Bowl.
The Patriots are having a strange year in many ways. Tom Brady is gone. COVID-19 has already affected her schedule twice. And more surprising than anything, there is a risk they'll fall below .500 for the first time since Brady started his first season as starting quarterback after five games. The Patriots will try to avoid slipping to 2-3 when they take on the Denver Broncos, a game that can be streamed live through the Yahoo Sports app.
The timing of the game speaks to the challenges New England has already faced this season.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has had to adjust several times this season. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)
Broncos Patriots get odd start times
The Broncos Patriots game should be a fairly calm and non-exciting game on Sunday afternoons mixed with the others in the early window. However, at least one positive COVID-19 test among the Patriots forced a postponement to Monday.
The game will have a strange start time, at 5pm. ET. It's 3:00 p.m. for Broncos fans in the Mountain time zone. Labor production in Colorado will decline around this time.
From Friday, the Patriots were faced with the option of doing without their two most important players, namely quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Stephon GIlmore, the NFL defensive player of the year last season. Both are on the reserve / COVID-19 list. Last week without Newton, in a game postponed to Monday due to COVID-19 concerns, Brian Hoyer was horrific in Newton's place and had to be replaced by Jarrett Stidham. The Kansas City Chiefs beat them by 26-10.
The patriots' trust in Newton seemed evident. You look like a playoff contender with him and fought without him. And a few days before the game against the Broncos, the Patriots were at the mercy of Newton, who had two negative tests 24 hours apart and were cleared up by a team doctor.
This season has to be a tough one for a team trying to control and remove distractions. And we're only a quarter of that.
Patriots try to avoid falling too far behind Bills
The Broncos have their own problems. They lost key players like receiver Courtland Sutton, Pass Rusher Von Miller, Phillip Lindsay and quarterback Drew Lock to injuries, although Lock may be returning for the Patriots game. Denver is 1-3 and is trying to stay relevant this season.
Ordinarily one would expect the Patriots to roll over the Broncos. You still like it, but there are a lot more questions than usual. For the first time in a long time, the Patriots have another AFC East team to worry about. The Buffalo Bills are 4-0. You were also affected by COVID-19 changes this week. Buffalo's Week 5 opponents, the Tennessee Titans, had an outbreak. The Bills Titans game will be played on Tuesday if the Titans have no more positive tests. In the best case scenario, the bills will play against a Titans team that was not allowed to train as usual and that may miss several key players. It is possible for the Patriots to play three games at AFC East by the end of week five. It's hard to believe for a team that has won 11 division titles in a row.
If we've already talked about the Patriots being vulnerable, it means that they may be knocked off in the playoffs before reaching and winning another Super Bowl. Like everything else in 2020, we're experiencing some things with New England that we haven't seen in a long time.
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