A series of victories. For the first time this season, the New England Patriots are on a winning streak in the team’s 23-17 victory Sunday night over the Baltimore Ravens. The Patriots played perhaps their most comprehensive game of the season, executing a solid game plan despite the horrific weather conditions.
“Last night was fun. Winning is always fun, ”said Patriots quarterback Cam Newton in his weekly radio appearance on WEEI. The Greg Hill Show.
Even with the two-game winning streak, Newton believes the team can be even better.
“I know we haven’t peaked as a team, but I’m on my own personally,” Newton said. “Like I said, I just try to improve myself every day. My job as the leader of this team, one of the leaders of this team, is to stay consistent, to bring the juice as the coach would say and that’s what I try to do on a daily basis.
Despite the recent period of bad play, which resulted in four straight losses, Newton insisted the team were on the verge of breaking out of their funk in the coming weeks. Based on New England’s last two wins, it looks like the 31-year-old was right in his prediction.
“I’m not going to sit here and say I’m a prophet, I’m not going to sit here and say that I told you, I’m not going to sit here and declaim and rave, but I ‘ve always believed and still believe that we were close, ”he said. “I think it only takes one. This NFL season is already very fickle in 2020 and I just know that in the NFL regular season it has always been said that the league changes every two weeks. No matter how good you feel for your team, no matter how bad you feel for your team, it will be a different story every two weeks.
“For us, for getting that victory, for having suffered close losses and knowing who we are as attacking, defense, special teams as a whole, it’s up to us to make sure we always feel that faith and do not stray from assumptions. of what our balance sheet is. Coach [Bill Belichick] better said, we are a team good enough to be better than our record shows. We are just finding out about it and we will continue to do the same.
Newton delivered another effective game for the Patriots, completing 13 of 17 passes for 118 yards and one touchdown – his first passing touchdown since Week 3. He added 11 carries for 21 yards and another rushing score, his ninth of the season. . Despite the poor weather conditions, Newton also had his second straight game without a shift.
“It was very difficult. Ball safety was at an all time high yesterday, ”Newton said when asked about the weather. “For us, we just need to make sure we continue to protect the gold on the ground and that’s pigskin. Back then it was hard to throw, sometimes it was hard to catch snaps, field kicks, downhill catches, but at the end of the day nobody necessarily cares, everyone just has to do their job.
Newton mentioned after the game how he thought Bill Belichick had a “direct line to the football gods because he’s like a football whisperer when it comes to anticipating what the game will be like.” Monday morning on WEEI, Newton again congratulated Belichick on his preparation:
“I’m going over there to practice and I hope, obviously, being one of the captains of this team coach will give us some insight and say ‘we have this 70 yard, 80 yard bubble that we’re going to use. . once, twice or three times this week. The weather is not ideal, it is a bit windy, cold and rainy, so we are going to use the bubble today. Instead, the coach is like ‘whatever we get out there, we’re going to practice there’.
“We had the opportunity to train in a type of weather like this and I think it has been beneficial to us.
Even with the bad weather, New England weren’t afraid to dive into their bag of stuff on the offensive end of the ball. With just over a minute to go into the first period, Josh McDaniels pulled off the double pass as former high school quarterback Jakobi Meyers found Rex Burkhead for a 24-yard touchdown.
“We had an offensive moment in this clique, because he had just come out of a TV timeout, and [I was like to Jakobi] “Bro, relax and if you don’t have anybody just throw it to your account, it’s me, and I’ll do something with it.” So when the part was broken, someone went straight to me, so I was like, “Dang Jakobi, you have no one, so throw it,” Newton said with a laugh. “I was telling him to throw him out of bounds or whatever, but he ended up doing the play…”
“It was just fun and making those games is something that we’re going to need a lot here to move forward, especially to get into the second half of the season.
The trick play wasn’t the first time a double pass from a Patriots wide receiver, and former quarterback, has worked against the Ravens, as Julian Edelman celebrated in the divisional round. 2014.
Edelman has not been able to make his mark in this game as he was sidelined the past three weeks after undergoing knee surgery. He’s eligible to come back as early as this week, and Newton gave a positive update on the receiver during WEEI.
“I can confirm he is doing better,” he said. “He is fine. To be all that he is – and I know he listens or makes his people listen – he’s good, man. Just to see him in a good mood and knowing that we are doing our work as a team so when he comes back it is obvious that he will have some help in this position …
“… We just need him to be healthy. We need him to have the same speed he’s always had, but now being a bit healthier he’s now able to let go without necessarily thinking. I think that’s all he wanted, and that’s all we wanted as a team.
The Patriots will now focus their attention on next Sunday when they clash with the Houston Texans (2-7). They will travel to Houston with one goal in mind:
” To win. Simple, ”Newton said. ” That’s it. Let’s move this steam forward. “
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