FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots had their excuses.
The group practiced as soon as within the closing two weeks because the Pats had 8 gamers land at the COVID-19/Reserve listing. This came about after the NFL postponed the group’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 group’s loss in Kansas Town. For many of the sport, he seemed like a quarterback that hadn’t performed in 3 weeks. Total, the Patriots seemed like a group with one complete apply.
Newton and the offense made one overdue fee. Even supposing it seemed like a comeback may occur, the Pats fell brief dropping, 18-12, on Sunday to the Denver Broncos. The Pats fall to 2-Three and are beneath .500 in October for the primary time since 2002.
Essentially the most promising a part of this sport came about on the finish of the fourth quarter.
J.C. Jackson stepped up with an interception of a Drew Lock go with five:25 left within the sport. The play got here on a Denver 1/3 down and arrange the offense 25 yards from the top zone. The Patriots grew to become that right into a 38-yard Nick Folks subject objective and Denver led, 18-12, with Three:32 left within the sport.
At the subsequent Denver play, Jonathan Jones intercepted Lock on a deep go supposed for Tim Patrick with Three:32 ultimate. The Patriots offense took over on the 28-yard line to provide them one shot at a comeback.
Julian Edelman were given the group 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 stored the force alive with a Four-yard quarterback keeper. Two performs later, Edelman finished his 2nd go of the force. This time, with 1:27 left, the receiver hit Newton for a 16-yard achieve to place the Pats on the 24-yard line.
With 1:14 left, Newton was once sacked through 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 go supposed for N’Keal Harry, got here up brief because it fell incomplete.
Newton completed 17-for-25 for 157 yards with two interceptions to move 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 an excellent get started. The group began with a made over offensive line of Justin Herron (left take on), Isaiah Wynn (left guard), Joe Thuney (heart), Michael Onwenu (proper guard) and Jermaine Eluemunor (proper take on).
The gang was once not able to dam Broncos defensive finish Shelby Harris on 1/3 down at nine:38 of the primary quarter, and he was once in a position to get a hand on Newton’s go, 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 objectives.