The numbers tell a pretty clear story: the former league MVP may have completed a solid 65 percent of this throws over the last two games, but he gained only 255 yards while throwing five interceptions. While Newton did look solid as a runner — gaining 95 yards on 15 carries while also scoring a touchdown — his passing has been sub-par and also led to him getting benched in favor of backup Jarrett Stidham last week against the San Francisco 49ers.
Though New England has won the AFC East every single season of Devin McCourty’s 10-year career, he doesn’t feel like the Patriots are the team to beat right now. After stumbling out of the gate, Bill Belichick’s team is looking up at the Bills and Dolphins in the divisional standings. Despite the decade of dominance and Buffalo’s repeated assertions that New England is still top dog, McCourty says the Bills are on top of the mountain right now.
At this point in my career, people know what I do most. I study quarterbacks, the passing game, and the New England Patriots. So when those three things are not working, I get a lot of requests to try and figure out why.