After starting the season 2-1, Cam Newton and the New England Patriots have lost three straight games. This bad start is definitely not like the Patriots, who have won the AFC East eleven years in a row.
Cam Newton knows that his team is back against a wall, and he was explicit when saying that he and his team needed to be better:
Newton has struggled this season. He has a touchdown-interception ratio of 2:7, and he is throwing for less than 200 yards per game. He also has a quarterback rating of 71.7, which is the third-lowest among qualifiers in the NFL.
With some people believing that it was mostly Bill Belichick who was responsible for the team’s success in the past decade, Tom Brady has to be smirking at his former team’s slow start.
So far with Tampa Bay, Tom Brady has looked great, proving that he is still great and the one responsible for the Patriots’ past success. This season, Brady has thrown 18 touchdowns and 4 interceptions while throwing for over 270 yards per game. He also has a quarterback rating of 102.7, which is good for the tenth highest among qualifiers. He has lead his team to the best record in the NFC South through seven games at 5-2.
This week, the Patriots face the division-leading Buffalo Bills (5-2) in what Cam Newton called a “must-win” for the team.
“This is a must-win for us, and I’m going to control the things that I can control. I have two or three more days to prepare and that’s what I plan on doing,” Newton said Thursday.
If the Patriots lose this game, Brady will have an even bigger smile on his face, as New England would be pushed to 3.5 games out of the division lead with a loss.
With a loss against the Bills, the Patriots would be losers of consecutive games for the first time since 2002.