It would be one thing if his performance Sunday was a one-off.
After all, the quarterback hadn't played in three weeks, and the team barely practiced the past two. Throw in all the shuffling on the offensive line — before and during the game — and you could understand why the Patriots' offense was clunky on Sunday against the Broncos.
But it doesn't explain why the Patriots lost to the Broncos 18-12, when the defense didn't allow a touchdown.
Advanced analytics backed this up. For the second game in a row, Newton's completion percentage was worse than his expected completion percentage from NextGenStats (Completion Probability: The probability of a pass completion, based on numerous factors such as receiver separation from the nearest defender, where the receiver is on the field, the separation the passer had at time of throw from the nearest pass rusher, and more.)
Vegas was a one-off. With two, we might have a problem.
Where were the issues and what can be done about them?
2ND & 9 AT DEN 39(04:25) (Shotgun) C. Newton sacked at DEN 48 for -9 yards (A. Chickillo). NE-J. Eluemunor was injured during the play. His return is Questionable.