Blown coverages, penalties disease Patriots delegate in loss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The delegate was ostensible to be a strength for New England this season.


It’s been anything but.

Cam Newton became a fourth true quarterback to flame a Patriots for some-more than 300 yards on Sunday, heading Carolina to a 33-30 win over a fortifying Super Bowl champions (2-2), whose dual waste have both come during home.

The 2015 joining MVP had been struggling to find his flitting stroke this deteriorate and hadn’t thrown for over 200 yards in a game.

But on Sunday, he finished 22 of 29 throws for 316 yards and 3 touchdowns, with one interception. Five completions went for some-more than 20 yards.

Newton finished a several good throws, though some-more mostly than not, he found receivers that were far-reaching open given of a damaged coverage.

His initial touchdown, a shade pass to Fozzy Whittaker in a second quarter, went for 28 yards after cornerback Stephon Gilmore followed using behind Christian McCaffrey in suit and left a whole left side of a margin open.

“We’re violence ourselves,” pronounced cornerback Malcolm Butler. “We mislaid a diversion ourselves. It was zero Carolina (3-1) was doing. Basically, we kick ourselves, blown coverages, penalties.”

Gilmore drew dual of a biggest flags, both for hands to a face.

The initial extended a opening expostulate of a second half that gave a Panthers a 23-16 lead.

The second, on a game’s final drive, wiped out a pouch by Deatrich Wise Jr. that would have finished it fourth down on a Panthers 16-yard line. Carolina finished adult pushing 49 yards in 6 plays to set adult Graham Gano’s game-winning 48-yard margin goal.

Gilmore, who sealed a five-year $65 million agreement in a offseason, pronounced he was usually personification assertive defense.

“I don’t know what else we can do,” he said. “I usually tangled him in a chest. It usually happened to go adult to his neck area and a ref called it.”

Gilmore was approaching to be an ascent from Logan Ryan, who sealed as a giveaway representative with Tennessee. But a defensive backs acknowledge there has been a chemistry emanate and a miss of communication that a section did not humour from a year ago.

In a initial 4 games, a Patriots invulnerability has given adult an normal of 457 yards, 324 by a air.

“It’s not like we don’t go over this things in practice,” pronounced reserve Duron Harmon. “It’s apparently something we need to work a small harder at. Obviously what we’re doing is not good enough.”

And Gilmore hasn’t been a usually star to play poorly.

Butler gave adult a pivotal pass division chastisement in a finish section of a deteriorate opener, and finished adult losing his starting pursuit for a week. Devin McCourty was beaten twice final week for touchdowns by Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson.

“I wouldn’t even contend anybody’s new anymore,” McCourty said. “It’s tough to still be articulate about new guys and, ‘This guy’s gone.’ And honestly, It doesn’t matter. we consider we’ve all played together prolonged enough.”

There were a few splendid spots on defense. Butler finished his initial interception of a deteriorate and linebacker Dont’a Hightower returned after blank dual weeks with a knee injury. He had dual tackles and a sack.

The many intolerable statistic for a Patriots might be 1-2, their record during home this season. The dual waste are as many as a group had all of final season. Quarterback Tom Brady, who was dangling for final year’s detriment to Buffalo, hasn’t mislaid dual during home given 2012.

“At a finish of a day, it’s not unequivocally where we play,” pronounced Brady, who brought a group behind from a 30-16 necessity with dual fourth-quarter touchdown drives. “It’s how we play and road, home, night, day, 1 o’clock, 4’o’clock, it’s unequivocally how we play. We usually haven’t finished a good pursuit putting together 4 buliding of football.”

Especially on defense.

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