Patriots sticking with Cam Newton at QB despite struggles
The New England Patriots are in uncharted territory. After Thursday’s night 24-3 loss to the Rams, they dropped to 6-7 on the season. That guarantees they won’t reach 10 wins in a season for the first time since 2002. Also, there slim playoff hopes are all but gone as well.
The issues behind their struggles are complex, but a lot of people are pointing the blame at starting quarterback Cam Newton, who hasn’t exactly filled the major void left by Tom Brady’s offseason departure.
On Thursday, he completed just nine of 16 passes for a measly 119 yards, and threw one costly interception that blew the game wide open. He was eventually benched in favor of Jarrett Stidham early in the 4th quarter, which many thought signalled a sign of things to come for the Patriots.
But on Friday, Bill Belichick put the rumors of a possible quarterback change to rest.
“He’s our quarterback. I think I just answered that one.” said Belichick following the game.
He also appears happy with Stidham’s development in his sophomore NFL season.
“Jarrett has worked hard. He’s tried to take advantage of his opportunities. But that’s not really the point.”
The Patriots will host the 8-4 Miami Dolphins in their next game on December 20th.
Packers on verge of signing All-Pro cornerback Jaire Alexander to lucrative four-year extension
Jaire Alexander is about to get paid!
According to reports, the Green Bay Packers have finalized their star cornerback to a lucrative four-year, $84 million contract extension that pays him an annual average value of $21 million.
The deal includes a massive $30 million signing bonus, which is the record for largest signing bonus giving to a defensive back.
The 25-year old, who was selected 18th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, has amassed 184 combined tackles, 44 passes defended, five interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles over a span of four seasons and 48 games with the franchise.
He is also a one-time Pro Bowl and was selected to a Second-team All-Pro in 2020.
Buccaneers to face Seahawks in NFL’s first ever game in Germany
The NFL is finally coming to Germany next season, and the league’s biggest star will grace them with his presence.
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are scheduled to take on the Seattle Seahawks at 9:30 a.m. ET on November 13 at Allianz Arena in Munich. The stadium is home to Bundesliga powerhouse FC Bayern.
The league also announced a handful of other international games in multiple countries.
- New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings on October 2, and Green Bay Packers vs New York Giants on October 9 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in Tottenham.
- Jacksonville Jaguars vs Denver Broncos on October 30 at Wembley Stadium in London.
- Arizona Cardinals vs San Francisco 49ers on November 21 at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City for Monday Night Football.
Ravens trade receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown to Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals bolstered their receiving core in a big way!
The team announced that they have acquired wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and a 2022 third round pick (100th overall) from the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for 23rd overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Subsequently, the Ravens ended up trading the 23rd overall pick they received in the deal to the Buffalo Bills. The Bills then used the pick to select cornerback Kaiir Elam out of Florida.
Brown, 24, recorded 195 receptions, 2361 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns over a span of 46 games and three seasons with the Ravens from 2019-2021.