Patriots will be without three starters; Martellus Bennett questionable


This means Martellus Bennett is officially active. Nine weeks later, he is a healthy scratch.

After a bye week the New England Patriots are back in action in prime time on the national Sunday Night Football broadcast on NBC. He's the most replaceable of the four running backs and has no special teams value, so if a running back were to be inactive it had to be him.

Stephon Gilmore returns to the lineup after missing three games and defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois will make his Patriots debut after being signed on Tuesday.

Tom Brady is just 3-7 record in Denver, his worst road win percentage against any team that he's faced a few times.

The Broncos are 3-5 and going into their second game with Brock Osweiler starting at quarterback.

The Patriots come to Denver with a four-game win streak, and looking for their seventh win of the season. The offensive line will have their hands full with Von Miller, who has eight of Denver's 19 sacks on the season, especially with Marcus Cannon out. A right shoulder injury is the issue, though it's not thought to be a long-term issue. That leaves just Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola and Phillip Dorsett on the depth chart at receiver, and Dorsett will need to step things up as the new No. 3 receiver. He is reportedly dealing with injuries in both his rotator cuff and labrum, but will re-join New England.