But Brady also threw for 378 yards and five scores in the team's thrilling 36-33 win.
It was Newton's second touchdown of the half, equaling what he threw in the first three games.
Last year was a chance for Newton to redeem himself for his performance in the Super Bowl, and instead he had one of the worst years of his career. While Carolina is still experimenting with its rookie, McCaffrey is coming off a 101-yard receiving day against New Orleans. Patriots captain Devin McCourty said Thursday that whatever the team does during the anthem will be done together.
Jordan was fine with it, telling the media: "I appreciate him messing up his blocking scheme and allowing me to come free for a sack".
"I think he's learning those things and getting part of it now", Rivera said. He can serve as a satisfactory flex in deep leagues, or an occasional substitute for players injured or on a bye week, but don't expect weekly elite production.
Said Munnerlyn: "That's my owner".
It can be assumed that Carolina will utilize all three of its linebackers against Gronkowski and Brady's other weapons on Sunday, especially in their hybrid linebacker/safety nickel package that they call "Buffalo". "It's not an end-all for us, by no means". "But at the same time, just giving people - not just for the city I play for and the teams that I played for before, but just people all around the world, just to be able to give them hope and courage to be able to fulfill their dreams". I want to play.More news: Nintendo Creators Program puts an end to YouTube livestreaming
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Munnerlyn, signed as a nickel back, lost playing time to a defense geared toward stopping the run. Starting cornerback Daryl Worley is out with a strained pectoral. This week he faces an immobile Cam Newton and the 2-1 Panthers who have only scored one touchdown over the last two weeks.
Rex Burkhead (ribs) was the only Patriot not to practice.
Panthers: S Kurt Coleman left in the second quarter with a knee injury and did not return; WR Damiere Byrd left in the second quarter with a forearm injury and also did not return; Funchess limped off late in the fourth quarter.
Trailing 30-27 and needing a big play on defense, the Patriots got it from - who else?
This is the second straight week the Panthers have faced one of the best quarterbacks in the game, and this time around they're also facing one of the best teams in the National Football League, one that has won two of the last three Super Bowls.
A flag was thrown for pass interference.
A promising matchup against New England could be exactly what the former MVP needs to finally get on track. "Every week I just go out there and try to be the best player that I can be for my team and just go out and execute to the best of my ability". "I don't know what it's like to have a shoulder surgery, so I can't say like, 'Oh, you know, he should get it right.' But our mindset, we're not really thinking that". I wish we could do that.
It's been three games and Panthers fans are officially anxious about their starting quarterback.