National Football League round-up: Cam Newton raises clenched fist as Panthers shock Patriots

02 October, 2017, 00:11 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Usually, the former Auburn star shrugs off his individual milestones.

Cam Newton and the Panthers offense isn't panicking either after sputtering through the first three weeks, but they need to get things going, especially opposing a Patriots offense that can pile up points in a hurry. Nobody was giving the Panthers a chance to win.

Newton and Jake Delhomme have started at quarterback in 53 regular-season victories apiece for Carolina.

Carolina needs to keep their momentum entering another hard road test at Detroit next week.

"Our team in Carolina right now is basically predicated on how he plays", Delhomme said. "He's made the ultimate sacrifice [as a player] and I respect that wholeheartedly".

Part of Newton's problems last week may have stemmed from the unavailability of his top two targets. The Panthers are off to a 2-0 start because the Carolina defense has given up only a field goal in each game - a 23-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on September 10 and a 9-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

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For the Patriots, if the offense plays like it did on Sunday, regardless of who the Panthers have, they may be unstoppable.

I think it's just going to take too much of a flawless effort from Newton and Co. Newton's lack of accuracy has often been his biggest criticism, but as mentioned, this year he isn't counter-balancing it with anything overly positive with either his arm or his feet. He couldn't pass to his teammates until training camp started, and even then, he had to stop throwing for an extended period because of shoulder soreness.

QB Cam Newton (CAR) - It pains me to say this because I have him on my team, but bench Cam Newton this week.

"Things that we're confident in we do more aggressively, we do quicker, we do with probably better overall execution than things we're not confident in, that we maybe have to wait and have that little bit of hesitation to make sure that something's right or make sure you're doing the right things", he said earlier this week. I will do what I feel is best for the team in my role as head coach and collectively, we will work together to find the best way to proceed.

The Patriots still have a few key players, such as Matthew Slater and Dont'a Hightower, that will likely miss Sunday's game, but last week proved that the team is capable of playing well without them. I don't go off the past. We get nowhere separated. That led to the game-tying touchdown, a 1-yard pass from Tom Brady to Danny Amendola with 3:09 remaining.

Breakout for McCaffrey: This may be the worst - and slowest - group of linebackers New England has had in a decade. Newton looked in charge as he completed two third-down passes to Benjamin, and then found Funchess open for the first of his two touchdown catches. After the game, tune in to three hours of postgame coverage on the Sports Hub and catch Bill Belichick and Tom Brady's press conference's live on Patriots 5th Quarter on myTV38!

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