New England led 27-9 at halftime, bolstered by special teams play and two touchdown passes by Brady, including an 11-yarder to tight end Dwayne Allen with 25 seconds left in the second quarter. They say they have good veteran leaders, that the coaching staff has put them in good position for the most part, and that they know what it takes to turn things around.
Then, Brandon McManus kicked the ball only three yards deep into the end zone, where Dion Lewis returned it 103 yards, around the Broncos inept coverage men, for a touchdown. One of those turnovers, was a fumble from rookie punt-returner Isaiah McKenzie.
While Broncos passer Brock Osweiler remains a figure of suspicion in Denver, it was another Brock - special teams coach Brock Olivo - who came out of the game with questions about his future.
"It's still a good football team, but the record and the way we're playing right now is not a clear indicator of that", Miller said. Burkhead became the first player since 1977 to catch a touchdown pass and block a punt in the same game.
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Denver quarterback Brock Osweiler completed 18 of his 33 pass attempts for 221 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
"I'm just going to have to wake up [Monday] and do it all over again and try to get a win", Wolfe said.
Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after scoring a second quarter six yard touchdown on a pass play against the Dallas Cowboys at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 17, 2017 in Denver, Colorado.
It was clear as a November day in Denver from that first punt muffed punt the Broncos were being out-coached by New England, and that remained the constant throughout the game. The defense has spent much of the season as the league's No. 1 unit overall and was No. 1 against the run early in the season.
Slater went down with a hamstring injury, and the team announced he is doubtful to return to the game.