The New England Patriots and Cam Newton had an undeniably bad day on Sunday. The Patriots were pounded 33-6 at home, and Twitter let the QB hear about it.
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Cam Newton is Benched After Massive Struggle
Newton looked awful on Sunday. There is really no other way to describe his performance. He finished a horrendous 9 for 15 with three interceptions, no touchdowns, and every one of his picks was his fault.
There other poorly thrown balls including a missed touchdown pass to a wide-open Damiere Byrd in the first quarter. Newton did draw a roughing the passer penalty on the play as the 49ers hit him low after he’d released the pass. However, the Patriots were forced to settle for a field goal.
Quite honestly, Bill Belichick had no other choice than to bench him for Jarrett Stidham.
Twitter Reacts to the Benching and the Performance
As predicted, social media showed Newton no mercy as they lambasted the 31-year-old veteran for his poor play. Take a look at the assault levied at Newton.
The internet has no chill, but there are some people who had valid points amidst the shade. It’s true, Newton hasn’t looked the same in any game he’s played since returning from COVID-19.
Last week’s game against the Denver Broncos was considered a bit of an aberration because the team hadn’t had much time to practice, and Newton was fresh off the COVID-19 reserve list.
This week’s game came after a full week of practice, but there was still something out of sync regarding Newton, and it resulted in more examples of poor accuracy and less-than-ideal timing.
Can he get things back on the right track? That’s something we’ll find out soon.
Jarrett Stidham Comes on and Doesn’t Do Much Better
Stidham was again given an opportunity to prove he deserves to be the man under center, but more bad habits reared their head for the second-year pro. Stidham threw an interception on his first drive as an inaccurate pass resulted in the team’s fourth pick of the day.
At that point, it appeared the Patriots QB room began to look like one of the worst position groups in the NFL. We’ve already seen Brian Hoyer lay a complete egg against the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs four weeks ago, and to this point, we haven’t seen any Patriots QB step in the game and actually play well.
If Stidham isn’t the answer, and Hoyer surely isn’t, it’s clear Belichick has to turn back to Newton and hope to see him get back to the form he showed in the first three weeks of the season. At 2-4 heading into November, the Patriots are faced with a significant hill to climb and some unchartered territory for a Belichick-coached team.
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