FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots had their excuses.
The crew practiced as soon as within the ultimate two weeks because the Pats had 8 gamers land at the COVID-19/Reserve listing. This took place after the NFL postponed the crew’s matchup with the Denver Broncos for every week. The little on-field preparation resulted in a sloppy Sunday afternoon sport in Gillette Stadium.
Cam Newton returned after lacking the crew’s loss in Kansas Town. For many of the sport, he gave the look of a quarterback that hadn’t performed in 3 weeks. Total, the Patriots gave the look of a crew with one complete follow.
Newton and the offense made one past due fee. Even supposing it gave the look of a comeback would possibly occur, the Pats fell quick dropping, 18-12, on Sunday to the Denver Broncos. The Pats fall to 2-Three and are underneath .500 in October for the primary time since 2002.
Probably the most promising a part of this sport took place on the finish of the fourth quarter.
J.C. Jackson stepped up with an interception of a Drew Lock cross with five:25 left within the sport. The play got here on a Denver 0.33 down and arrange the offense 25 yards from the top zone. The Patriots became that right into a 38-yard Nick Folks subject function and Denver led, 18-12, with Three:32 left within the sport.
At the subsequent Denver play, Jonathan Jones intercepted Lock on a deep cross supposed for Tim Patrick with Three:32 final. The Patriots offense took over on the 28-yard line to present them one shot at a comeback.
Julian Edelman were given the crew to midfield as he stuck a lateral from Newton after which threw it to James White for a 23-yard achieve. With 2:01 left, the Patriots confronted a fourth-and-1. Newton saved the power alive with a Four-yard quarterback keeper. Two performs later, Edelman finished his 2nd cross of the power. This time, with 1:27 left, the receiver hit Newton for a 16-yard achieve to position the Pats on the 24-yard line.
With 1:14 left, Newton was once sacked via Malik Reed to arrange a third-and-16. The quarterback hit White at the subsequent play for a achieve of six to the 24-yard line. The Pats confronted a fourth-and-10 with 1:03 left at the clock. Newton’s subsequent cross supposed for N’Keal Harry, got here up quick because it fell incomplete.
Newton completed 17-for-25 for 157 yards with two interceptions to head with a dashing landing.
The Broncos, in the meantime, scored on their first 5 drives of the sport and wouldn’t punt till 14:10 of the fourth quarter.
The Patriots offense didn’t get off to a perfect get started. The crew began with a remodeled offensive line of Justin Herron (left take on), Isaiah Wynn (left guard), Joe Thuney (middle), Michael Onwenu (proper guard) and Jermaine Eluemunor (proper take on).
The crowd was once not able to dam Broncos defensive finish Shelby Harris on 0.33 down at nine:38 of the primary quarter, and he was once in a position to get a hand on Newton’s cross, which was once supposed for White. When the ball popped up within the air, defensive lineman DeShawn Williams made a diving interception. The turnover resulted in the second one of six Brandon McManus subject targets.