The last time the Broncos and Patriots did battle, Drew Lock and Cam Newton both tossed a pair of picks in a game that saw eight field goals and a one-yard rushing touchdown as the only scoring plays. The 2023 version of this matchup may not look too different.
Denver won by six in a game where 30 points were scored in 2020. Ahead of this Sunday Night Football contest, the Broncos are 7-point favorites with a project total of 34.5 points. Time is a flat circle and all that.
Both teams began their seasons with 2-5 records but have little in common since. The Pats have carried on losing, dropping six of seven games, and now are a game “behind” the Chicago Bears via the Carolina Panthers for the top selection in the upcoming NFL Draft.
In the same period, the Broncos have won five of seven and were a game out of the AFC West lead last week before getting smoked by the Lions. On the heels of that loss, Denver has dropped to the 11th seed in the AFC and is now in must-win territory for the remainder of their season.
We’ve been allergic to a blemish-free record over the last several weeks and again saw our props finish 1-1 in Week 15’s Sunday Night Football matchup. Before injuring his knee and being ruled out for the season this week, Keaton Mitchell posted his third straight game with nine carries and a rushing average of 6.0 yards or better while compiling 73 yards and sinking our under.
Fellow rookie Parker Washington didn’t do much with his four catches, but that was enough to cash the play on his receptions going over. We’ve now got a 17-10 record over the last 11 editions of SNF. Ahead of Pats-Broncos, we’ve got another batch of best bets in the player prop department that we dig into just ahead.
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