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Cam gets some credit

Bill Parcells famously once said "you are what your record says you are."

At 4-5, it's easy to say that the Patriots are a middle-of-the-road team that needed a fourth-quarter comeback to edge the pitiful New York Jets on Monday night last week.

But let's look at things from a big-picture perspective.

These Patriots are three plays away from being 7-2.

We're talking about Cam Newton being stuffed at the goal line in Seattle, a comeback bid against Denver that stalled in the red zone, and a Newton fumble deep in Buffalo Bills territory that thwarted a game-winning drive.

And let's remember that Newton is playing with wide receivers that make Grec McMurtry and Michael Timpson look like first-ballot Hall of Famers.

Newton was sharp in the win over the Jets, rushing for two touchdowns, throwing for nearly 250 yards and not turning the ball over. He guided the Pats through stormy seas

against the Ravens.

But it's not Newton's fault Julian Edelman and N'Keal Harry aren't healthy. It's not Newton's fault that he contracted Covid-19 and had to shake off some cobwebs. And it's certainly not his fault Dont'a Hightower, Patrick Chung and Marquise Lee all opted out of playing this season.

Yes, the losses of Hightower and Chung have hurt the defense, but the opt-out of Lee, who had signed as a free agent, is one that nobody is talking about and probably should be discussed as he would've given Newton a big, fast, physical target on the outside.

And let's not even dive into the fact the Patriots have arguably the worst group of tight ends in the NFL.

Yet, the Pats have had chances to win every game save for the home blowout to San Francisco. It makes no sense to stick Newton on the bench or to tank for Trevor Lawrence.

The latter is not in the character of Bill Belichick, let alone a Boston professional sports franchise.

Thanks to Newton, second-year wideout Jakobi Myers has started to emerge, and has had strong games against the Bills, Jets and especially the Ravens.

Their record may say the Patriots are 4-5, but with seven playoff spots up for grabs in the AFC, hope still remains.

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