New England Patriots' First 3 Drives Against Denver Broncos End in Fumbles

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 24: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots sits on the field after a play in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos during a game at Gillette Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2013

Less than eight minutes into Sunday Night Football, the New England Patriots are having trouble holding onto the football against the Denver Broncos. Their first three drives of the game have ended in fumbles, all lost by three different players.

New England's first drive was ended when Stevan Ridley coughed up the football, and Broncos linebacker Von Miller scooped up the ball and took it 60 yards to open the scoring:

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Miller forced another fumble when he sacked Brady on the Patriots' next drive, which would lead to a second Denver touchdown:

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On New England's third possession, LeGarrette Blount was stripped of the football:

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The third fumble led to a Denver field goal to give the Broncos a 17-0 lead late in the first quarter. The Broncos have a 17-point lead despite quarterback Peyton Manning throwing for only eight yards so far.

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