Week 1 of the Cam Newton era went as well as the New England Patriots could’ve hoped for.
Newton, in his first game as Tom Brady’s successor as Patriots quarterback, used both his arm and his legs to led the team to a 21-11 win over the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. The Patriots gained 217 yards rushing, 75 from Newton, and gained the Dolphins 357-269.
The Patriots defense, the strength of the team last season as they won the AFC East for the 11th straight year, was again dominant despite losing several key contributors in the offseason. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore picked up where he left off in 2019, when he was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, picking off Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick early in the second quarter.
The addition of Newton, though, was what stood out on Sunday. He changed the way the Patriots can call plays, adding an extra dimension they didn’t have with Brady that flustered the Dolphins defense all afternoon.
Here are three quick reactions to the Week One victory.