FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts – Quarterback Cam Newton rushed for two touchdowns to help lead the new look of the New England Patriots – powered by the ground game – past the Miami Dolphins 21-11 in Sunday’s regular season at Gillette Stadium.
Newton’s 75 fast yards with 15 runs are the most since the Patriots’ quarterback since 1977, when Steve Grogan had 81 fast yards at Buffalo Bills, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
His 15 speeding attempts were the most of the Patriots’ QB in play. And the Patriots as a whole rushed 42 times for 217 yards, both of which are the most in the opening of the season under the leadership of coach Bill Belichik
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Newton had a 4-yard touchdown early in the second quarter and added an 11-yard quick result in the third. His ability as a runner prompted Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to introduce concepts for reading areas that had never been used before with Tom Brady, who is more adept as a pocket player.
To emphasize the contrast, consider that Brady had 34 yards last season. Even when it excludes falling to his knees, Brady should only reach 46 fast yards in 2019, according to statistics and information from ESPN.
In the last 35 seasons, the Patriots have had just three games in which the quarterbacks have had a number of quick touchdowns, all from Brady.
Even Newton could be surprised at how many patriots called his number a rush. His 13 projected runs, the last 11 yards to end the game, were the second most of his career, according to ESPN statistics and information (15 in 2014, week 6 in Bengals).
But while the quick attack propelled the road, Newton was effective when he was called in to throw, finishing 15-of-19 for 155 yards without a hitch. The 19 attempts are the least of the Patriots starting QB by Jacobi Brisset in the 3rd week of the 2016 season.