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"The Broncos have been the league’s highest-scoring offense all season, but they are at their best in the second half, where they average 21 points a game," he adds. "The cornerbacks must be physical at the line of scrimmage to disrupt the timing of the Broncos offense. Finally, the Patriots must score touchdowns when they get into the red zone, which could be easier against a Broncos defense that’s allowed opponents to score on more than 60 percent of red zone possessions this year."
Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald writes that the Cleveland Browns are eyeing Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as their next head coach. The Patriots recently gave the Browns the OK to talk with McDaniels about the job, according to the NFL Network's Albert Breer.
"The Cleveland brain trust wanted to interview McDaniels for the job last year, but the Ohio native took himself out of the competition," writes Guregian. "He wasn’t up for moving his wife and four small children again so quickly after returning to New England, and wanted to re-establish himself first after a year with the Rams as their offensive coordinator following his dismissal in Denver."
"McCourty, who made a limited practice appearance last Friday, was back out at Patriots practice on Wednesday. McCourty missed the regular-season finale against the Bills," he adds.