STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — The Patriots have won six of the last seven meetings between the teams, including four straight in New England. … The Broncos haven’t won a road game in the series since beating New England 17-7 on Sept. 24, 2006. … Denver QB Brett Rypien beat the Jets last week when he became the first quarterback to win his first NFL start despite throwing three interceptions since Jim Druckenmiller in 1997. … Drew Lock (right shoulder) returned to practice Wednesday on a limited basis. … RB Melvin Gordon rushed for a season-high 107 yards and two TDs last week and had 132 yards and a touchdown in his only career game against the Patriots in 2017. … RB Phillip Lindsay returns Monday from a three-week absence after suffering a turf toe injury in the opener. … WR Tim Patrick had six receptions for a career-best 113 yards and a touchdown against the Jets and rookie WR Jerry Jeudy had 61 yards receiving and his first career touchdown catch. … OLB Bradley Chubb led the league with 10 quarterback pressures last week, when he had 2½ sacks, his first takedowns since returning from a torn ACL. … ILB Josey Jewell had a pair of sacks among his team-high 10 tackles last week. … The Patriots are an NFL-best 65-19 in the month of October since the 2000 season. … The Patriots could be without quarterback Cam Newton for the second straight game, as well as reigning Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore after both were added to the reserve/COVID-19 list. … QB Brian Hoyer started last week in place of Newton but was pulled late in the third quarter in favor of Jarrett Stidham. Stidham had a touchdown pass, but threw two interceptions. … New England turned over the ball four times against Kansas City, its most turnovers since it had five in a 33-10 Week 13 loss to Pittsburgh in 2008. … RB James White needs two receiving touchdowns to tie Larry Garron (26) for the most in franchise history by a running back. … RB Damien Harris led the team with a career-high 100 rush yards in his season debut last week. … WR Julian Edelman has 24 catches for 274 yards and three touchdowns in his past three meetings with Denver. … WR Damiere Byrd had five catches for a season-high 80 yards last week. … LB Ja’Whaun Bentley led the team with six tackles at KC. … LB Chase Winovich is looking to get a sack for the third straight week. … Fantasy tip: New England’s offense has eclipsed 200 yards rushing in each of its first two home games this season.
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