The New England Patriots lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 26-10 on a rescheduled Monday night matchup that culminated a tumultuous week. The Patriots’ starting quarterback Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed on the reserve list associated with the virus.
Brian Hoyer started in his place and laid an egg in his first-ever start with the franchise he’s spent most of his journeyman career. He was replaced by a slightly more effective Jarrett Stidham, but it was too late and the Patriots lost a game they could have won, and probably would have captured if Newton was on the field.
The team is now 2-2 and a full two games behind the undefeated Buffalo Bills in the AFC East. To add insult to injury, Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark dropped a most vicious piece of trash talk on the Patriots at halftime after he came up with a huge sack on a bone-headed play from Hoyer.
Here is the play and a look at what Clark said as the Patriots headed for the visitor’s locker room at the intermission.
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Frank Clark Has…Words For the Patriots at Halftime
Here is Hoyer taking an inexcusable sack at the end of the half that cost the Patriots three points, a tie score heading into the second half when they were scheduled to get the ball back. Oh yeah, and he also didn’t realize he didn’t have any timeouts remaining.
Can I change my first name, please?
With no timeouts left and in FG position, Brian Hoyer takes a sack. That’s how the first half ends. Yikes.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) October 6, 2020
As they walked off the field, Clark dropped this NSFW line. If you can read lips…and the translation in the tweet, you’ll get the point.
"Get ya'll pussy asses on that plane." 🤣
And he said it at halftime. LEGEND. https://t.co/I1ruD0xbqR
— 85 Sent (@ClayWendler) October 6, 2020
Clark Had a Big Game
In addition to the sack that killed any potential momentum the Patriots would have heading into the second half, Clark had three quarterback hits and four tackles in total. He was a disruptive force who gave Isaiah Wynn issues all night.
Even with Clark’s performance, you have to wonder if he would have had that kind of performance if he had to account for Newton’s size, strength, and mobility. We’ll never know unless the two teams meet down the line in the AFC Playoffs.
Silver Linings Throughout For the Patriots
Despite the loss, the Patriots do have some positives to take away from the defeat. Damien Harris crossed 100 yards in his season debut. N’Keal Harry caught a TD pass, and most importantly, the Patriots’ defense was stout against arguably the league’s best offense.
If you look at that those things and consider the Patriots didn’t have their most effective and impacting player on offense in action, the rest of the season could be promising.
Newton is reportedly still asymptomatic, and if he posts negative tests through the week, there is an outside chance he could be cleared on Sunday vs. the Denver Broncos. That’s the biggest hope, although, you’d have to believe the Patriots might be able to take the woeful Broncos down if Stidham starts and has the benefit of an entire week to practice with the first team.
Time will tell.
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