Receiver Danny Amendola had just three catches for 17 yards his last time out against the Broncos. He might not have been a big contributor to that huge come-from-behind victory, but he figures to play a bigger role this time around.
For starters, tight end Rob Gronkowski isn't around like he was the last time thanks to a season-ending knee injury. Then there is the devastating knee injury Broncos cornerback Chris Harris suffered against the Chargers, after which San Diego receiver Keenan Allen carved up that Champ Bailey, Quentin Jammer and that Denver secondary.
That was one injury the Broncos could not afford on the defensive side of the ball, signaling Amendola and Julian Edelman could see a ton of targets. Amendola isn't taking the Denver defense or crowd lightly, though, according to WEEI's Mike Petraglia:
"You know, Champ has been in the league for a very long time, playing at a very high level, Quentin Jammer too, so we have a task on our hands and we'll definitely be preparing well for them this week," Amendola said.
As for the 74,000 screaming fans at Mile High that will be cheering for the Broncos, Amendola said he’s ready to embrace that challenge.
"I've played there a couple of times," Amendola said. "It's a great stadium to play in and it will be a live atmosphere and it will be fun."
The Patriots will probably try to run the ball, as they have done with good results for much of the season. But a shootout with the record-breaking Broncos offense could break out, and Amendola will be called upon to produce.