Best and worst from Patriots' loss to Panthers

Posted October 02, 2017

The Panthers' defense also had its struggles against another elite quarterback just last week with Drew Brees tossing three touchdown passes.

Sunday's game is the seventh meeting between the Panthers and Patriots.

Cam Newton is a bit more than a year removed from one of the best year-long performances by any fantasy player ever. More than a dozen New Orleans Saints players remained seated during the anthem. "Because where we're going now, it's not healthy at all".

Making matters worse for Newton are the loss of tight end Greg Olsen, who suffered a broken foot in the Panthers' second game and will miss 6-8 weeks, and a knee injury that has No. 1 wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin listed as questionable. Now he's facing a New England defense that is ranked last in the National Football League and that gives up 461 yards and 31.7 points per game. Four years removed from the incident and an upcoming Sunday game against Carolina has brought this back up.

While the New Orleans Saints routed them 34-13 last week, they are a much better team than that and have held New England to 20 points or less in the previous three. He said the absence of receiver Julian Edelman has only caused Brady to make minor adjustments.

Expect to see a little more balance from the offense this week against Carolina. "But he still has an array of weapons". The recipe is there, just like the Chiefs in Week One, if Carolina can protect the ball and follow it.

Though Newton doesn't look himself, having some of his favourite targets go down isn't helping. "I don't think I said very nice things to him, so I'd like to apologize to him", Brady said. More bad news for the Cam, Pro-bowl center Ryan Kalil has been sidelined since the start of Week 2.

"One of the things that you're going through in September is a lot of guys finding their role, getting a fit in", said Flowers. "Last year didn't go our way".

Different teams, different situations. The Atlanta Falcons (who you might have heard blew a 28-3 lead) were the only ones to make it past the divisional round of the playoffs.

GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 2 Clemson at No. 12 Virginia Tech. Yeah, that was a tough game. The combination of the underwhelming defence and the continually efficient offence has led to New England playing over the total in each of its three games. To do this, their offense has to wake up fast. 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. Offensive lineman Cole Minshew says the Seminoles are trying to "make a statement" and "show everyone we're not just some scrub team".

Atlanta, 2016, 91 points allowed: finished 11-5, lost Super Bowl. Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson is the winningest active coach in the league with 179, followed by Miami's Mark Richt (156), Louisville's Bobby Petrino (112), Wake Forest's Dave Clawson (107) and Virginia's Bronco Mendenhall (104).