After the Patriots dismantled the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round, the Denver Broncos look to put the red hot New England Offense to a halt. A team that prides itself on being one of the best defenses in the league will be put to the test on Sunday. Here are three ways to slow down the Patriots Offense using the Denver Broncos.
1. Utilize the Broncos Secondary
The Broncos have three very different corners, and a talented secondary. Use Aqib Talib to man up and press receivers at the line to throw off the timing on routes with his high Man Coverage and Press rating. Chris Harris Jr. is the jack of all trades. His elite ratings in Play Recognition, Man Coverage and Zone Coverage make him the best all around corner on the team. Lastly, Bradley Roby the speedster, one of the fastest and most agile corners in the league. Use him to shut down any speed threats on the Patriots Offense.
Pro Tip: You can check these specific ratings at the depth chart on the pause menu to capitalize on key situations.
2. Take away Gronk
Rob Gronkowski is the premier target in the Patriots passing offense, and a key reason in their win last week. Utilizing the “Spotlight” feature, you can make sure Gronk is accounted for at all times. This will double and sometimes triple cover Gronk with over the top and underneath coverage. Using the “Spotlight” feature will prove beneficial due to the lack of coverage in the Broncos Linebacking core.Pro Tip: To enable the “Spotlight” feature, simply click Y, then A, followed by clicking the icon that represents Gronk, and lastly clicking A to spotlight him.
3. Dynamic Duos
The Broncos have Dynamic Duos across the whole field. Von Miller and Demarcus Ware prove to be the best pass rush in the entire league. Keep them both on the field to bring constant pressure to Tom Brady. Brandon Marshall and Danny Trevathan are proven linebackers who specialize in zone coverage and run stuff respectively. Lastly, Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib. These two are premier corners who continue to make Denver a #NoFlyZone for opposing offenses. Taking advantage of these duos on defense, and you will be on your way to the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos!
Pro Tip: 3-4 and Nickel Defense will assure all these duos are on the field at the same time!