BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots and the Broncos are set to square off at Gillette Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Again.
This time they may actually play, as we’ve had nothing but good news on the COVID-19 front in Foxboro. Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore were both been cleared and returned to practice on Thursday, meaning the Patriots should be at full strength this weekend.READ MORE: Pop-Up Clinic Held In Mattapan, Where COVID Vaccination Rate Remains Low
Not that they would necessarily need to be at full strength against the 1-3 Broncos. And give Bill Belichick two weeks to get ready for any opponent, and chances are the Patriots will have a winning game plan come Sunday afternoon.
Here’s how the WBZ-TV and CBS Boston sports team predicts Sunday’s game playing out:
Steve Burton, WBZ-TV Sports
The Broncos wouldn’t have been a problem for the Patriots last weekend, and they will be even less of a problem this weekend with Cam Newton back for the Pats.
Patriots 31, Broncos 10
Dan Roche, WBZ-TV Sports
With the hopeful return of Cam Newton on Sunday, the Pats should return to the 2-1 team that we saw on offense. And overall, the Patriots are a much better team than the Broncos.
Patriots 31, Broncos 17
Levan Reid, WBZ-TV Sports
So after what seems like forever, it looks like we may have a Patriots game on Sunday. Fingers crossed!!!!READ MORE: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
If the Patriots’ COVID-19 situation has taught us anything, it’s that from top to bottom, the Patriots now have an “us-against-the-world” mentality.
Patriots 34, Broncos 10
Michael Hurley, CBS Boston
The Broncos smell.
Patriots 34, Broncos 13
Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston
The Patriots would have beaten the Broncos even without Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore. Their biggest test this weekend will be putting a wild couple of weeks behind them and focusing on football. They really shouldn’t have much of a problem on that front either.
Expect a big game from Newton and New England’s ground attack, and the Patriots defense will welcome back Drew Lock with a couple of interceptions.
Patriots 28, Broncos 10MORE NEWS: Provincetown COVID Cluster Climbs To 430 Cases; 342 Are Massachusetts Residents
Tune in to Patriots-Broncos on WBZ-TV! Pregame coverage begins at 11:30 a.m. with Patriots GameDay, kickoff is set for 1 p.m., and after the game stay tuned for full reaction and analysis on Patriots 5th Quarter!