There was once a time when this game looked like it might have massive playoff implications. Instead, the Broncos are going nowhere fast with an inept offense that has negatively affected one of the NFL’s best defenses.
Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler, who has completed 57 percent of his passes (70 of 123) for 663 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions in three career starts against the Patriots, will face the league’s worst pass defense. If he can’t keep Tom Brady and the top-ranked Patriots offense on the sideline, it will be a long night for the Broncos.
The Dolphins get their third straight prime-time game Monday in Charlotte. Miami has lost the previous two and its struggling offense will have its hands full against Carolina’s top-ranked defense.
However, OTL’s sources said that not only does Jones want Goodell out, but he also has his own candidate in mind to replace him. Though the sources didn’t know that person’s identity, the fact that Jones might be teeing up his own candidate has lost him potential support in ousting Goodell.
“Then Jerry will be completely in control of the league,” a source told OTL. “It’s turning off some owners.”
Meanwhile, a league executive said Jones’ injecting himself into the process, despite not being a member of the owners’ compensation committee, has increased Goodell’s determination to sign a new long-term deal.
There are some high-ceiling arms in the system as well, but chances are that isn’t going to be the backbone of the 2018 pitching staff.