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    Saturday, October 01, 2022

    Newton unbothered by passing struggles

    New England quarterback Cam Newton shows his My Cleats My Cause shoes during a post game interview following Sunday's 45-0 rout of the Chargers in Inglewood, Calif. (Peter Joneleit/AP Photo)

    Cam Newton doesn't care.

    His 69 passing yards during the Patriots' decimation of the Chargers? Could be better, but that's not his focus.

    The worst statistical outing of his career the Sunday before against the Cardinals? Bad certainly, but Newton was happy how that game finished.

    Concern over his inconsistent passing performances the past two weeks has been fueled by worry of what future woes could cost the Pats, with their playoff hopes in the balance. Lately, they haven't paid a price. Even the team's one loss from the last five weeks ? a 27-20 defeat at Houston ? came half a drive away from becoming a win.

    Not that the Patriots' victories haven't been close. They have. But over most of that stretch, Newton passed efficiently, a clear and obvious reason why they had won, and thus, his performances were recognized and appreciated. Though appreciated or not, Newton said Tuesday as long as the winning continues, he'll be fine.

    "For me personally, I have played this game long enough to have played and had games where I've had 400 yards and lost. I've also had a lot yards and won. I've also had this past game, 69 yards and won. Or I've had 100 yards, 120 yards and lost. I don't necessarily get fixated off that statistic," Newton said during an interview on WEEI's The Greg Hill Show.

    "I have said it multiple times: I am really all about winning. And yeah, were there some passes I wish I could have had back? Absolutely. But when you're throwing the ball efficiently, or you're throwing the ball with the workload not as strenuous as it is, it only can revert to the winning formula. We're running the ball pretty good, pretty solid, and we're going to need more of that here."

    Newton described appreciation for his game as "not the sexiest thing." Against the Chargers, he complemented his limited passing production with 48 rushing yards and two touchdowns on hard-fought runs against a stubborn Los Angeles front. The contrast between how he's quarterbacked the Patriots and how they were led the past two decades has been stark, something Newton also acknowledged Tuesday; though the team's final results are becoming increasingly similar.

    "Obviously, looking at my game and looking at Patrick Mahomes' play, Tom Brady's play, whoever is a gunslinger in this league that throws for a lot of yards, that's a way to win. I understand that. But, the way that the team's have offered themselves to win has been different," Newton said.

    "You're not going to hear me complaining about winning, and if it comes to that, then I will be readily available to throw the football. Going back and looking at the game, there were times and opportunities where we missed out on, and I mean me personally with inaccuracy or this that and the third. I am not here to complain or bicker about that by no means, but it is what it is. We got the most important statistic, and that is winning football and I would not complain about that."

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