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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots had their excuses.

The staff practiced as soon as within the final two weeks because the Pats had 8 avid gamers land at the COVID-19/Reserve checklist. This came about after the NFL postponed the staff’s matchup with the Denver Broncos for every week. The little on-field preparation resulted in a sloppy Sunday afternoon recreation in Gillette Stadium.

Cam Newton returned after lacking the staff’s loss in Kansas Town. For many of the recreation, he gave the look of a quarterback that hadn’t performed in 3 weeks. Total, the Patriots gave the look of a staff with one complete apply. 

Newton and the offense made one overdue price. Even though it gave the look of a comeback would possibly occur, the Pats fell quick shedding, 18-12, on Sunday to the Denver Broncos. The Pats fall to 2-Three and are below .500 in October for the primary time since 2002.

Essentially the most promising a part of this recreation 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 recreation. 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 People area function and Denver led, 18-12, with Three:32 left within the recreation.

At the subsequent Denver play, Jonathan Jones intercepted Lock on a deep go meant for Tim Patrick with Three:32 ultimate. The Patriots offense took over on the 28-yard line to offer them one shot at a comeback.

Julian Edelman were given the staff to midfield as he stuck a lateral from Newton after which threw it to James White for a 23-yard acquire. With 2:01 left, the Patriots confronted a fourth-and-1. Newton stored the pressure alive with a Four-yard quarterback keeper. Two performs later, Edelman finished his 2nd go of the pressure. This time, with 1:27 left, the receiver hit Newton for a 16-yard acquire to place the Pats on the 24-yard line.

With 1:14 left, Newton used to be sacked via Malik Reed to arrange a third-and-16. The quarterback hit White at the subsequent play for a acquire 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 meant for N’Keal Harry, got here up quick because it fell incomplete.

Newton completed 17-for-25 for 157 yards with two interceptions to move with a speeding 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 really perfect get started. The staff 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 used to be not able to dam Broncos defensive finish Shelby Harris on 0.33 down at nine:38 of the primary quarter, and he used to be ready to get a hand on Newton’s go, which used to be meant 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 area objectives.

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