Grading the Broncos in their 41-16 loss to the Patriots

Dion Lewis scores twice in Patriots' Week 10 rout

Following their fifth straight loss of the 2017 season and their second really ugly loss in a row at the hands of the New England Patriots, it's apparent that the Denver Broncos are the worst coached team in the National Football League right now. "It's hard to play this team when you're behind and they can just tee off on the (pass) rushes".

So, instead of at least holding the world's best Pats' to a punt and possibly jumping out to an early lead, the Broncos squandered their chance due to Olivo's bunk punt return game. Burkhead also blocked a punt to set up one of Stephen Gostkowski's two field goals.

Sanders needed 103 yards to cross that benchmark. Something has to happen with this team for Joseph to prove he's got the wherewithal to know how to grab the Broncos by the reins. After going three-and-out on the game's opening series, Broncos wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie muffed the punt. But opposing offenses keep completing passes to running backs and tight ends week after week as the Broncos have lost the past two games by a combined 53 points.

Joseph looks like a deer lost in headlights. It's not from a lack of effort, I can say that. Joseph talked about why he left his rookie in after the muffed punt in the first quarter. Oh, and Olivo's unit had 12 men on the field on a 4th-and-5 when New England elected to boot the ball away to the Broncos. Given new life, New England rolled down the field for another touchdown to seal the final score. In a game that probably had Bill Belichick beaming afterwards for his team's play in all three phases, it was the Patriots' special teams that ended up being the deciding factor in Denver with a handful off game-altering plays in the first half. The offensive line deserves credit for keeping Von Miller at bay but the rest was all Brady. Sunday night, they were a mess, with mistakes adding up to 24 Patriots points.

This is a franchise that went to the playoffs five straight seasons from 2011 through 2015, winning the Super Bowl once and reaching it another time during the span.

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