Cam Newton shoots down idea that lingering effects from COVID-19 is causing poor play
A couple of weeks ago, New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton was diagnosed positive for COVID-19. He managed to return in their Week 6 matchup against the depleted Denver Broncos which resulted in a 18-12 loss.
Newton and his squad recently battled the visiting San Francisco 49ers in Week 7 which resulted to another poor performance by the 2015 NFL MVP. He addressed his struggles and shrugged off rumors that he was still feeling effects from the virus that he previously contracted, as per ESPN‘s Mike Reiss.
Cam Newton, on @TheGregHillShow, if he is experiencing any COVID-19-related "fog" effects: "No. My goodness. I'm hearing a lot of 'what it could be.' It's simple. I have to play better."
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 26, 2020
The three-time Pro Bowler was noticeably different compared to his form in their previous outings in the early stages of the season. He only recorded 98 passing yards on 9/15 passes completed along with three interceptions and a sack. His poor showing led him to be benched in the middle of the third quarter where he remained sitting for the rest of the game.
Second-string gunslinger Jarrett Stidham was eventually slotted in under center by head coach Bill Belichick where he eventually finished with 64 passing yards on a 6-of-10 passing clip to go with an interception and a sack.
The entire Patriots offense was clearly out of sync where they only scored in two out of the game’s four quarters. The matchup went to the way of the Niners on a 33-6 decision which improved their record to 4-3 while the Patriots dropped to 2-4.
The Foxborough-based squad will need Cam Newton to be at his best if they want to win more games in the latter part of the season and ultimately snag a seat in the playoff picture.