The game had already been moved from Sunday to Monday but is now put back to week six.
In what seems like the inevitable new normal for the NFL, the Denver Broncos week five fixture against the New England Patriots has been postponed. This now means both the Broncos and the Patriots receive a week five Bye.
Details on the rearranged fixture are yet to be announced but it is believed that it will be played next week, week six, and the subsequent fixtures that both teams were due to play otherwise will be altered accordingly.
In a press release from the NFL, the League said:
“The Denver Broncos at New England Patriots game scheduled for Monday, October 12 @ 5:00pm ET has been postponed. Details on a new game date and time will be announced shortly. Both teams will now have a Week 5 bye. This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts”
Obviously, a disappointing outcome for the players who have prepared all week for this fixture and for the fans who must now feel like their game dates and times are just a random lottery draw. One perhaps overlooked benefit of this however is the extra week granted to Drew Lock on his road to full recovery from an early season shoulder injury. The extra time allowed should now mean he will be ready in time to start against the Patriots if and when the game takes place.
Conversely, with it now being a Broncos bye week that means they will now have to go twelve straight weeks while playing a game. A less than ideal scenario for a squad whose depth has already been decimated by injuries.
But for now, Broncos fans, find the nearest sofa, a cold beverage or your favourite coffee and enjoy the experience of an NFL Sunday from a neutral perspective without the ever present daunting feeling that the Broncos may still make or break your weekend!