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Patriots News Blitz 10/19: Rusty Patriots shut down in loss to Broncos


The Patriots returned to action for the first time in two weeks and it showed. New England was ineffective on both sides of the ball throughout, and dropped an 18-12 decision at home to the Denver Broncos. writes about the loss, pointing out the defeat dropped the Patriots below .500 this late in the season for the first time since 2002. Cam Newton returned to the field after missing the Week 4 loss in Kansas City and couldn't find a rhythm.

The Boston Herald points out the subpar performances of the receivers. The offensive line shuffling also had an impact on the offensive struggles.

The 49ers are up next and the San Francisco Chronicle details the team’s impressive Sunday night win over the Rams. Defense and the offensive line led the way in the victory.

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