Cam Newton finally gets his swagger back in Panthers' upset of Patriots

After last week's flurry of protests by National Football League players, some teams made a decision to take a different route going forward, among them the New England Patriots. Kick off is at 1:00 pm on Sunday afternoon, and the game will air on FOX, and FM 98.5 for those of you listening on the radio. Newton has no one to throw to, as usual, he is playing with injuries, and now the Panthers do not want him to run. This is a world of difference from his best year in 2015 where he completed almost 60% of his passes, averaged almost 40 rushing yards per game, had a 35:10 TD/INT ratio, .625 rushing touchdowns per game, and netted 22 rushing yards a game including sacks. That combo makes New England very hard to avoid in this spot, either straight up or ATS.

Offensively, the Patriots will have plenty of options. He also added 44 yards and another score on the ground. Carolina's team leaders met Tuesday at the home of Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, where they received assurances that he would support players who chose to protest.

Carolina had some trouble against the run but in the end they held the Patriots to a respectable 4.2 yards per carry and one touchdown. Instead, they were easily defeated by New Orleans 34-13 to fall to 2-1. Throw in the fact that the game is in Foxboro and things look even more bleak. Brady followed the referee down the tunnel in a rage after the game, a Panthers win. Unfortunately, the Panthers are trending down on running the ball over the past three weeks, each game having fewer rushes than the previous. Rob Gronkowski is still in the mix, and healthy, which will give the Panthers yet another offensive weapon to worry about.

- Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey vs. As a shifty pass-catcher out of the backfield, McCaffrey should give the Patriots some struggles early.

Trailing 30-27 and needing a big play on defense, the Patriots got it from - who else? This has the potential to be a double-digit victory for the home team. "But it's definitely a game we feel we have to win".

The Carolina Panthers will pay a rare visit to Gillette Stadium on Sunday to take on the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in just the seventh meeting ever between the two teams.

Through three games, Carolina has exactly three touchdowns. After losing his favorite target in Greg Olsen to the IR, it will be tougher for Cam to make some serious damage.

After the game, Cam Newton sent a message that would indicate he felt like nobody was giving his team a chance to win. That was set up b y a 26-yard completion from Brady to Chris Hogan with four seconds left. Kawann Short and Kyle Love also landed multiple hits on Brady.

Patriots guard Joe Thuney played collegiately for North Carolina State. As far as that goes, the 23-year-old receiver has received plenty of it from head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. He did not return to the game.

  • Jon Douglas