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Patriots Newton thinks offense is “extremely close”

The New England Patriots season has not gone the way anybody in their locker was hoping, and the biggest surprise is how poorly the Patriots offense has played at times this season. 

The post Tom Brady era in New England is now being led by the NFL’s 2015 MVP Cam Newton, and his performances have had highs and lows. Through the first three games of the season Newton was able to accumulate 714 passing yards and additional 149 rushing yards. The Patriots were 2-1, and fell one yard short of starting their season 3-0. Since then positive COVID-19 test and injuries have plagued the Patriots locker room, and New England has lost four straight games. The offense has only averaged 13 points per game since week 3, and Newton found himself benched in week 7 versus the San Francisco 49ers, after he threw for 98 yards and 3 interceptions. 

Even though things seem to be trending in the wrong direction for the Patriots, Newton is still optimistic that the Patriots offense can still get things together in time. 

“But all in all, as an offense, I think we’re extremely close,” Cam Newton said, via Zack Cox of NESN. “If we just keep stacking bricks on top of bricks on top of bricks, then hopefully we can put a full 60 minutes together this weekend.”

The Patriots offense showed some signs of life against the Buffalo Bills last Sunday. Newton was able to move the football in the air and on the ground completing 15 passes for 174 yards, and he picked 54 more yards and a touchdown on the ground. 

Jakobi Meyers has emerged as a viable target for Newton, catching 6 passes for 58 yards, and with Julian Edelman on the IR after having knee surgery last week, and N’Keal Harry dealing with a concussion that he sustained against the 49ers, Meyers should remain the WR1 Monday night. 

The Patriots run game continues to be a high point in New England. The emergence of second year running back Damien Harris has been a welcoming sight. The Patriots put 188 rushing yards against the Bills, and Harris picked up 102, and averaged 6.4 yards per carry. Sony Michel returned to practice this week, and if he is activated for Monday’s game, Harris will probably have to split carries with Michel, but with the way Harris has been running the ball, it’s expected that Michel will be on a short leash.

Despite the game ending fumble at the end of last week’s game, it was the best offense performance that the Patriots have had since their week 3 victory of the Las Vegas Raiders. The Patriots have the New York Jets on Monday Night Football, and it is a prime opportunity for New England to get back into the win column, it’s also the perfect opportunity for the Patriots to build upon their performance against the Bills. As improbable as it may sound, the Patriots season isn’t officially over, and it sounds like Cam Newton and his teammates aren’t ready to give up.

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