The Patriots have had an incredibly bad year on the injury front, as it seems like every week there is a new injury that they have to deal with. But this week the Broncos will have to deal with a key loss, as arguably their best defensive player, Chris Harris Jr, is done for the year. Harris hurt his knee late in Denver’s win over the Chargers, and while his absence certainly doesn’t mean a guaranteed victory for New England, it will make life a hell of a lot easier for Tom Brady and company.
To prove how valuable Harris is to the Bronco defense, here are a few stats for you, that occurred on Sunday. After Harris left, the Chargers racked up all 17 of their points, rookie wideout Keenan Allen caught six balls for 142 yards, and two touchdowns (zero before Harris left), and in the fourth quarter, Phillip Rivers threw for 173 of his 217 yards (a time where Harris wasn’t on the field). Harris has the ability to really limit a Julian Edelman, or a Danny Amendola, so having him out of the picture, will allow the two Patriot slot receivers to have a decent game this Sunday.