To date, Patriots have decisive turnover advantage on Broncos

ENGLEWOOD—On paper, the NFL’s most lopsided mismatch is within the fundamental of ball protection between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos.

The Tom Brady-led Patriots’ offense has ranked No. 1 in fewest turnovers the previous three consecutive years while posting records of 14-2, 12-4 and 12-4, and winning two Super Bowls.

They are 6-2 this year in part because they have committed just five turnovers at the halfway point to rank No. 2 (Kansas City has four turnovers).

The Broncos, meanwhile, have committed a whopping 19 turnovers -- with 13 coming during their 4-game losing streak. Only the woeful and winless Cleveland Browns have committed more turnovers than the Broncos with 21.

“This team will allow you to beat yourself,’’ Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said of the Patriots. “They won’t beat themselves. That’s what they’ve done the last 10-15 years. It’s a team that plays an efficient brand of football. When you watch them play, it’s going to be a clean game.’’

In 2006, the Patriots committed 27 turnovers to finish tied for 16th in the league. Since then they have never ranked lower than a tie for 8th in turnovers.

Here’s how the Patriots have fared the previous 11 seasons:

Year … W-L ….. TO (Rank)

2017 ….. 6-2 ..… 5 (2)

2016 … 14-2 … 11 (T-1)*

2015 … 12-4 … 14 (1)

2014 … 12-4 … 13 (T-1)*

2013 … 12-4 … 20 (T-8)

2012 … 12-4 … 16 (T-2)

2011 … 13-3 … 17 (3)**

2010 … 14-2 … 10 (1)

2009 … 10-6 … 22 (T-5)

2008 … 11-5 … 21 (T-8)

2007 … 16-0 … 15 (1)**

*Won Super Bowl

**Lost in Super Bowl

The Patriots average record their previous 10 years has been 12.6-3.4. And they’re on pace for 12-4 this year.

“They’ve figured it out,’’ Joseph said. “It’s not about the scheme or having the best players. It’s about not beating yourself. More games are lost than won. They won’t beat themselves but they will allow you to beat yourself.’’

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