The Patriots 2020 season finally came to an end Sunday with a 28-14 win over the lowly New York Jets to finish with a subpar record of 7-9. With the end of his 1 year contract looming, Quarterback Cam Newton delivered a great 3 touchdown performance in what was likely an audition for other teams to see what he can do for them in the 2021 season.
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels pulled out all the stops in the victory including a 19 yard touchdown pass from Jakobi Meyers to Cam Newton late in the Third Quarter. The running game also looked good for the Pats today, with 166 rush yards on 29 carries largely from Newton and Sony Michel.
Here are some of the keys to the 28-14 win over the Jets.
KEYS TO THE VICTORY
- The run game – As we have seen throughout his career and his tenure with the Patriots, Cam Newton is best at running the ball and they need to incorporate the running game as much as possible with him. They did just that Sunday as Newton had 11 carries for 79 yards.
- Mixing up the playbook – The Pats don’t have much talent on offense this year and need to rely a lot more on some trickery to provide big plays when needed. The incorporation of trick plays on Sunday was a big help with Jakobi Meyers throwing a TD to Cam Newton. Aside from this play, RPO’s were also a big part of the offensive gameplan in terms of mixing things up.
- Big defensive plays – The defense has made a lot of big plays this year and had no shortage of those in Sunday’s game. J.C Jackson got yet another interception today as the Jets were entering Patriots territory to keep the lead. This play was probably the most important play of the game and proved to be a huge turning point as the Patriots took advantage of the solid field position and marched down the field for a touchdown to take a 21-14 lead. Jonathan Jones also made a key interception in the redzone to seal the game for the Pats late in the Fourth Quarter.
Passing – Cam Newton | 21/30, 242 yards, 3 TD’s
Rushing – Cam Newton | 11 carries, 79 yards, 0 TD’s
Receiving – Jakobi Meyers | 6 receptions, 68 yards, 0 TD’s
Defense – J.C Jackson | 4 tackles, 1 pass deflection, 1 INT
Going into 2021, the front seven needs to be improved. The receiving core remains a problem, and the QB situation is one giant question mark.
It’ll be exciting to see what direction this team goes in for next year and the off season will be very interesting. It sounds like Cam won’t be back next year, but maybe with a full off season to further learn the system he can improve, and possibly stay. The draft is always an option, and there are a few veteran free agent options next year as well.
Bill is trustworthy to make the correct decision when it comes to the Quarterback position, and I think this team will be back in the playoffs next year as a contender.