In what is inferred to be Cam Newton's final game in New England, the Patriots had a great performance. Despite this game being against the then 2-13 Jets, the Patriots had many bright spots.
RB Sony Michel posted 76 rushing yards and 60 receiving yards, including a 31 yard receiving touchdown. In addition, WR Jakobi Meyers had a modest 68 receiving yards, but also threw a 19 yard TD to QB Cam Newton on a trick play. QB Cam Newton had his best game in a while this Sunday. Newton extinguished the statistic that detailed how Josh Allen had more passing touchdowns than Newton at Gillette Stadium. Newton surpassed Allen with 3 passing TDs, all to different receivers. Cam found RB James White for a short TD in the first quarter, and found rookie TE Devin Asiasi in the 4th. Newton's pass TD to Sony Michel in the fourth quarter gave the Pats a 28-14 lead, which would be the final.
The Patriots' defense was also solid this Sunday. Cornerbacks Jonathan Jones and J.C. Jackson both recorded INTs to prevent multiple New York scoring drives. Jackson looked like he could end the season in a tie with Dolphins CB Xavien Howard for the league lead in INTs, with 9, but Howard recorded his 10th INT today vs Buffalo. Defensive End Chase Winovich ended the game with 2 sacks, showing his full potential as an edge rusher. DT Adam Butler also tacked on a sack to add to New England's eventual 6 quarterback hits. These performances show some promise for next year's Patriots defense.
What Cam Newton's Final Game means for the Patriots
This final game of the season looks to have ended the Cam Newton era in Foxboro. The Patriots will once again venture into the off-season with no concrete starting QB. They will also once again have to rely on their own judgment to select their next starter. The Patriots basically have 2 options if they really want to compete in 2021.
One option is to|draft a 1st round QB and build around him with additional draftees and free-agent signings. The other choice is to draft receiving options and bring in a free agent QB.. It's hard to gauge which of these is the better choice, but personally, I'd rather bring in an established veteran QB to run the offense, and use the first-round pick on a receiving threat. There are some interesting options for the Patriots to choose from. The best-case scenario is probably the Pats signing someone like Dak Prescott. In the draft, the Patriots could probably pick up a QB like BYU's Zach Wilson or even Alabama's Mac Jones. The Pats will likely pick in the 14-15 area, so it will be interesting to see their decision. But for now, all we can do is wait.