Cam Newton lost it. He lost the ball and lost the game. And that will probably be the lost season of 2020.
With 31 seconds left to play against Buffalo Bills in the eighth week, Newton rushed to play soccer in 2nd and 10th positions from the 19-yard line. At the time, the Patriots were dragging 3 and were within the field goal. They even seemed to be driving well enough to get the ball into the end zone, even if there wasn’t a lack of aggressive struggle. However, Newton coughed the ball. The Patriots lost 24-21. They are 2-5 and 3rd in the AFC East area.
“It’s unacceptable,” Newton said after the match when asked about Fumble. “I need to protect the ball better …. I still jeopardize the success of my team because of my poor performance of defending football. The coach has the ball in my hand. Trust me, and I don’t want it any other way. I have to do a better job to protect it. “
Aside from that gaffe-although it’s hard to put the fumble aside-Newton has played his best game in the last few weeks. The quarterback threw 15 out of 25 at 174 yards, and he rushed 54 yards nine times with a single touchdown. It was starting to look like the bounceback game he needed after three bad performances.
It doesn’t sound like many of the comfort points for Newton.
“After all, you’re only measured by winning or losing,” Newton said. “We didn’t — we didn’t get the job done today. Go back to the beginning.”
Fumble turns out to be expensive and the Patriots may be wise to rely on tanking, but Bill Belichick intends to stick to Newton as a quarterback for now. Newton will begin preparing for the New York Jets in the ninth week. And how different it is. In the eighth week, the Patriots could have won to return to the title mix. Currently, I feel it is wise for New England to lose to Jets and approach first place overall.
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