The NFL blew it again and gave the Patriots Cam Newton … Week 1 just confirmed it.
Sorry, but this has to be brought up AGAIN. The New England Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins 21-11 to capture their first victory of the 2020 season and quarterback Cam Newton began the post-Tom Brady era.
He did it in style, too. Not only did he dress up for the game like a fashionista, but he showed true leadership and great command leading the offense. In fact, if not for N’Keal Harry fumbling out of the back of the end zone (a touchdown would have made it 21-3), this game would’ve been an absolute blowout.
Newton is right back where he wanted to be after missing most of last year with injuries, and let us remind you that he was a free agent for 86 nights and every other NFL team decided to pass on him, allowing Bill Belichick to swoop in and get him for pennies on the dollar.
Newton only threw the ball 19 times, but the Patriots leaned on the running game. Still, he completed 15 of those passes (good for a healthy 10-yard average) and was the team’s leading rusher with 15 carries. Two touchdowns and 75 yards later, and the Patriots haven’t really lost a step.
They didn’t look like their usual dominant selves, but Newton is still learning the playbook and the defense arguably saw the most turnover in all of the NFL.
So let’s review here. The Bears needed a QB and instead inherited Nick Foles’ gigantic contract AND surrendered a fourth-round pick in the deal. The Panthers went out and … gave Teddy Bridgewater $60 million over three years. The Dolphins stuck with Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Colts signed Philip Rivers.
Does the rest of the league EVER learn? Were they really convinced the Patriots were going to roll with Jarrett Stidham, who, by the way, was INACTIVE today? New England’s dynasty could’ve been dead in its tracks if another team had made the shrewd decision to take a chance on Newton.
Instead, the Patriots gave him $550K guaranteed, and he presumably will have this team in the playoffs at year’s end. If anybody complains about the Patriots’ dominance again, you can circle back to June 29, 2020 when GMs across the league committed personnel malpractice.