The Broncos defense has been walking in the prodigious shadow of Peyton Manning and the juggernaut he commands every week. But injuries have taken a toll whether it be Von Miller, Champ Bailey, Rahim Moore, Kevin Vickerson, Derek Wolfe and now the latest – Chris Harris Jr. The third-year man out of Kansas suffered a torn ACL in Denver’s game against the Chargers and will be out for the season. Wednesday will be an interesting day for bettors, and many will likely wait to see the injury reports before locking in their NFL picks.
But this is a team that has fought through injuries and whose resolve was clearly on display against San Diego this past Sunday when they limited the gritty Bolts to 17 points, tied for the fewest they have allowed all season. They will need all that depth and resolve on Sunday when they play New England this weekend as 4.5 favorites on the NFL odds boards.
New England Patriots
There are tremors in New England between the team and inside linebacker Brandon Spikes. Spikes was put on injured reserve despite the player insisting he could play through the pain. Reports have surfaced that coach Bill Belichick has been at odds with the linebacker and his late arrival to a team meeting on January 3rd was the coup de grace.
Spikes injured his PCL but has played through the pain throughout the season including a big game in Week 12 against the Broncos where he registered nine tackles and led all linebackers with 67 snaps. Spikes is unhappy with the decision and will probably be plying his trade elsewhere next season as an unrestricted free agent.