New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 18: Kyle Dugger #50 of the New England Patriots looks on during training camp at Gillette Stadium on August 18, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steven Senne-Pool/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

Thursday night should have been the second Patriots preseason game of 2020. Obviously that wasn’t happening, so just like last week, a sim on Madden 20 was the logical solution.

Unlike week one, which saw the offense dominate, the Patriots struggled to move the ball, falling 10-3 to the Carolina Panthers. If Jarrett Stidham’s second half was played in reality, the takes would have exploded.

After the Patriots defense allowed the only touchdown of the game with about three and a half minutes to go, Stidham had a chance to lead a drive for the go-ahead score. That drive ended ended with an INT into double coverage.

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Even with the short field behind them, the Patriots defense got a stop, holding Carolina to a field goal. That gave Stidham another chance with a minute and a half left (no timeouts) to tie the game. Instead, he constantly threw to the middle of the field, allowing the clock to run out before the offense got into scoring range.

Of course, this is a video game and none of it means anything, but could you imagine what people would be saying tomorrow if this really happened?

On the other side of the ball, things weren’t as grim. Patriots top-overall pick Kyle Dugger had a monster game, leading the team in tackles. As a unit, New England held Carolina to just 3-of-9 on third downs.

Anyways, a huge thank you to everybody who joined myself and Pats Pulpit’s Ryan Spagnoli for tonight’s broadcast. For those of you who remain as starved for football as I am, make sure to tune in to next week’s Week Three game against the Eagles on Twitch. Kickoff will be at 7:30 on either Thursday or Friday.

In the meantime, here’s the Patriots box score from Thursday night’s win:

FINAL

Panthers: 10

Patriots: 3

Passing:

Cam Newton: 14/18, 153 yards

Jarrett Stidham: 7/14, 40 yards, INT

Rushing:

Damien Harris: 5 carries, 28 yards

Rex Burkhead: 5 carries, -4 yards

James White: 3 carry, 10 yards

Cam Newton: 1 carry, 2 yards

Receiving:

Mohamed Sanu: 4 catches, 75 yards

James White: 4 catches, 26 yards

J.J. Taylor: 4 catches, 15 yards

Devin Asiasi: 3 catches, 27 yards

Ryan Izzo: 2 catches, 13 yards

Julian Edelman: 1 catch, 16 yards

Jeff Thomas: 1 catch, 12 yards

Dalton Keene: 1 catch, 8 yards

Rex Burkhead: 1 catch, 1 yard

Blocking:

Sacks allowed: 2 (Yodny Cajuste, James White)

Pancakes: 0

Tackle Leaders:

Kyle Dugger: 6

Myles Bryant: 4

Joejuan Williams: 4

J’Whaun Bentley: 4

Cody Davis: 4

Anfernee Jennings: 3

TFL:

Kyle Dugger: 2

J’Whaun Bentley: 1

Devin McCourty: 1

Stephon Gilmore: 1

Afernee Jennings: 1

Brandon Copeland: 1

Adam Butler: 1

Sacks:

John Simon: 1

INT:

None

Kicking:

Justin Rohrwasser: 1/1 (25 yards)

Punting:

Jake Bailey: 4 punts, 134 yards, 1 I20, 1 touchback

Team Offense:

Total yards: 255

Passing yards: 181

Rushing yards: 44

3rd downs: 6/12

TOP: 15:21

Team Defense:

Total yards: 168

Passing yards: 95

Rushing yards: 73

3rd downs: 3/9

TOP: 12:39

Scoring:

Q2 NE: Rohrwasser, 25-yard field goal

Q4 CAR: Mike Davis, 1 yard TD run

Q4 CAR: Joey Slye, 25-yard field goal

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at Alexander.Barth@bbgi.com