Patriots Ups & Downs: Cam Newton Benched, Offense Nonexistent In Loss To 49ers


By Matthew Geagan, CBS dangolka

dangolka (CBS) — Properly that was UGLY. There may be nothing to be ok with the Patriots following a 33-6 drubbing by the 49ers in Week 7. Nothing.

Cam Newton and the offense stunk. The protection just about stunk. It was 60 minutes of stink at Gillette Stadium. And the Patriots don’t seem like a workforce that’s getting higher in the meanwhile. It’s now been over a month since they performed an honest soccer sport, not to mention a great one.

“Whenever you lose 33-6, you may’t say, ‘We’re shut,’” Devin McCourty stated after Sunday’s “embarrassing” loss. “We’re 2-Four and might’t say, ‘We’re proper there.’ We’ve got to place our heads down and work.”

The Pats simply bought run off their dwelling area for his or her third straight loss. They’re 2-Four with 4 of their six video games going down at Gillette. That’s not going to get it executed within the NFL.

These components are often reserved for 4 Ups and 4 Downs, however we’d be kidding lots of people if we put down 4 positives from Sunday’s loss. So right here’s a smattering of Downs with a number of fast Ups from an in any other case unhealthy day of soccer in Foxboro.

Offense Brutal Once more

The Patriots had the ball for simply 7:30 within the first half, because the 49ers took a 23-Three lead into halftime. The sport was mainly over at that time, as a result of the offense by no means gave them an opportunity to win.

And even when the Patriots did have the ball, nothing good got here of it. Newton threw two picks within the first half, and his first one was particularly brutal. After the Patriots protection held the 49ers to a area aim, Newton answered together with his fifth interception of the season. He went wanting Jakobi Meyers however as a substitute discovered Fred Warner, and the 49ers added six factors to the scoreboard off that decide.

Newton was picked off once more late within the second quarter when he went deep — manner too deep — for Meyers, and the errant throw fell into the arms of Emmanuel Moseley.

He was picked for a 3rd and last time within the third quarter, when he threw a move behind Julian Edelman that bought tipped and got here down in Julian Taylor’s arms. The Newton-Edelman connection has not been there since Jules had his profession sport in opposition to the Seahawks in Week 2.

Newton was benched after that move, ending his day 9-for-15 for 98 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. His passing was off all through the sport, and he’s now as much as three straight poor performances as QB of the New England Patriots. The offense hasn’t regarded excellent since Week 2.

Invoice Belichick stated that Newton shall be again below middle subsequent week in Buffalo. However it’s a must to surprise if he’ll have a brief leash if the offense struggles once more.

Run D Nonexistent

The 49ers ran everywhere in the Patriots, choosing up 197 yards on the bottom on 37 carries — good for a 5.Three common. There was nothing the Patriots protection may do in opposition to San Francisco’s floor assault.

Jeff Wilson ran for 3 touchdowns, together with a 16-yard rating within the second quarter when he bumped into the tip zone untouched. Wilson left after his third rating of the day, choosing up 112 yards on simply 17 makes an attempt.

The Patriots surrendered 127 dashing yards within the first half, with San Francisco averaging 6.Four yards per carry.

Harry Harm

The Patriots are already skinny at receiver, so dropping anybody on the place will additional pressure their depth on the place.

Their depth on the place was strained on the ultimate play of the primary quarter, when N’Keal Harry suffered a head damage and didn’t return. Harry was popped by security Tarvarius Moore whereas making an attempt to usher in a Newton move over the center on a third-and-6. Harry dropped the move after taking a shot to the top and fell to the bottom. He was clearly dazed when he bought up and ordered to the blue medical tent on the sideline. He made his strategy to the New England locker room, and that was his afternoon.

Prepare for these cries for a receiver on the commerce deadline to get quite a bit louder.

Opening Drive Landing

The 49ers scored on their first drive and by no means regarded again. It was the primary opening drive landing the Patriots have allowed this season.

However San Fran made it look simple, mounting a nine-play, 75-yard march to the tip zone, capped off with a three-yard dashing rating by Wilson.

What hurts much more is that the Pats may have pressured a three-and-out, however Ja’Whaun Bentley couldn’t wrap up Jimmy Garoppolo when the QB saved it on a third-and-Three at San Francisco 32-yard line. Just a few performs later, Garoppolo hit Deebo Samuel within the backfield and the huge receiver turned it right into a 23-yard achieve to the New England 34. George Kittle had a 15-yard reception on the following play, and Samuel had a 14-yard reception all the way down to the New England 3-yard line earlier than Wilson discovered the tip zone.

Garoppolo went 4-for-Four for 59 yards the opening drive, and the 49ers had been off an working.

One other Scoreless 1st Quarter

The Patriots weren’t good offensively all through the sport, however they’re not doing themselves any favors by placing up goose eggs within the first quarter. Although they kicked a area aim to start out the second quarter, the Patriots as soon as once more didn’t put factors on the board within the first 15 minutes of the sport.

New England has but to attain an offensive landing within the first quarter this season. The workforce has simply seven factors of their six first quarters in 2020, and people got here off a Devin McCourty pick-six in opposition to Seattle.

The Patriots had simply 32 yards of offense within the first quarter on Sunday.


McCourty’s Decide

Devin McCourty picked off his second move of the season late within the first quarter. Garoppolo went manner too excessive for Kittle over the center, and McCourty was there for the straightforward interception.

Garoppolo had been an ideal 9-for-9 earlier than McCourty’s decide. The veteran security now has

Jakobi Meyers Catches Some Passes

Meyers caught 4 of the six passes that went his manner for 60 yards. He was one of many lone vibrant spots on offense for the Patriots.


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