The Denver Broncos Clearly Miss Former Vols Peyton Manning and Malik Jackson

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Such patience is being stretched perilously thin by an offense that isn't carrying its weight.

DENVER-Tom Brady brought a power run game and a sturdier offensive line with him to the Mile High City this time.They helped him walk away a victor for just the third time in 10 trips to Denver.Brady overcame both a slow start and another dazzling performance by Denver's defence in New England's grinding 16-3 win Sunday that secured a first-round bye in the playoffs.

This was evidenced by the fact that Brady and Manning met up after the former led his New England Patriots to a win over Manning's old Denver Broncos squad on Sunday.

After a miserable three-point performance at home against the New England Patriots lead to an argument between the offense and defense, everyone things can not continue this way. There is no one who is feeling good today. The second drive, we had a 10-yard run, but we got a holding call, so we had 2nd-and-17 or 18. Tom Brady then found a way.

The Denver Broncos have hit a wall over the last month.

Instead, it became a third loss in a four-game span and Norwood was partially to blame.

The New England ground game managed 136 yards, but this was a performance more reminiscent of the early years of the Brady/Belichick era when grinding defense was the order of the day. The Patriots parlayed that mistake into a 45-yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal. That includes both quarterbacks, so Siemian is 9/20 for 85 yards an interception and two sacks on third downs over the last two weeks converting just five of his third down opportunities.

The keys to the defensive effort was strong cornerback play from Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan.

The Patriots won their eighth straight division title with their 16-3 win over Denver. New England has held three straight opponents to 3 yards a carry or less, so the front should be prepared for the limited challenge.

"That's what makes us sick", Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. You play to win, but if you don't win you got to play good yourself. "We feel like we played nearly good enough defense to win that game". "He did a good job of really continuing to move the ball forward, stay out of bad down and distance situations, and he definitely made a few people miss in the hole and gained some extra yards after contact". "That's why we play as well as we do". They also may have knocked the Broncos out of the playoffs.

New England set an National Football League record with the eighth consecutive division title. The Denver Broncos are heading into a must-win game on December 18 with their bitter rivals, the New England Patriots.

And in their last two games - back-to-back losses - they have scored 10 and three points, respectively.

Say what you want about Manning's numbers past year. And as I will talk about shortly, getting into the postseason could make all the difference. "That's what I play here". For so many reasons, a jolt in the offense is necessary, Christmas in Kansas City will be their biggest test.

"The only scenario I know is that if we don't win, we get no chance, " said Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak. "We all understand that".

Denver finally earned a first down on a 21-yard pass to Sanders, but that was about it until the final two minutes.

This year is not a repeat of last season, when the Broncos (8-6) rode the defence all the way to a Super Bowl win. New faces, new team. To me, that's part of who we are. "We want to win games".

With that said, I have a letter for all of my Broncos Country family, friends, and fans.

The Broncos have two tight ends on their practice squad. This year, we've overcome a lot of adversity as a team. "It's just the small things".