New England Patriots

Nov 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) look to pass on a play during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

Even with the change in games from Madden 20 to Madden 21, the Patriots (virtual) offense still struggled in the preseason.

As was the case for the scheduled-then-canceled games against the Lions and Panthers, I put together a Madden live stream of the game to give us some sense of the football we’d usually have in late August.

If Madden holds any relevance to the real-life Patriots (it doesn’t, this is just a coincidence), the gap between Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham is bigger than we’re seeing in training camp. For the second time in three games, Newton led a scoring drive on the two-minute drill going into the half, while for the second time in two weeks, Jarrett Stidham had a chance to win the game but failed to get the Patriots across midfield.

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On defense, Cassh Maluia led the team in tackles for the second week in a row, which actually does in a way line up with reality. The 2020 sixth-round pick has shined throughout training camp, and could play a big role for the Patriots who enter the season thin at linebacker.

If you missed any of the action Sunday night, there’s one more (fake) preseason game remaining, when the Patriots ‘travel’ to the Meadowlands for their annual preseason finale against the Giants. You can tune in Thursday night starting at 7:30 on Twitch.

In the meantime, here’s the box score from Sunday night’s game to hold you over:

FINAL (7:00 quarters)

Eagles: 16

Patriots: 14

Passing:

Cam Newton: 11/16, 124 yards

Jarrett Stidham: 6/12, 47 yards

Rushing:

J.J. Taylor: 6 carries, 24 yards

Damien Harris: 4 carries, 11 yards, TD

Sony Michel: 2 carries, 12 yards

James White: 2 carries, 11 yards

Rex Burkhead: 1 carry, 3 yards

Receiving:

Julian Edelman: 5 catches, 83 yards, TD

Jeff Thomas: 2 catches, 24 yards

James White: 2 catches, 12 yards

J.J. Taylor: 2 catches, 9 yards

N’Keal Harry: 1 catch, 12 yards

Damiere Byrd: 1 catch, 12 yards

Devin Asiasi: 1 catch, 7 yards

Rex Burkhead: 1 catch, 4 yards

Mohamed Sanu: 1 catch, 6 yards

Dalton Keene: 1 catch, 2 yards

Blocking:

Sacks allowed: 1 (Hjalte Froholdt)

Pancakes: 0

Tackle Leaders:

Kyle Dugger: 6

Cassh Maluia: 6

Myles Bryant: 4

Myles Bryant: 4

Jason McCourty: 4

Joejuan Williams: 3

Chase Winovich: 3

Stephon Gilmore: 3

TFL:

Jason McCourty: 1

Terrence Brooks: 1

Jonathan Jones: 1

Cassh Maluia: 1

Sacks:

Chase Winovich: 1

Derek Rivers: 1

INT:

None

Kicking:

Nick Folk: 1/1 PAT

Justin Rohrwasser: 1/1 PAT

Punting:

Jake Bailey: 2 punts, 90 yards, 1 I-20

Team Offense:

Total yards: 244

Passing yards: 163

Rushing yards: 61

3rd downs: ⅝ (62%)

TOP: 15:21

Team Defense:

Total yards: 311

Passing yards: 267

Rushing yards: 44

3rd downs: 4/8 (50%)

TOP: 15:42

Scoring:

Q1: Jake Elliot, 26-yard field goal

Q1: Cam Newton 32-yard touchdown pass to Julian Edelman (Folk PAT good)

Q2: Myles Sanders 4-yard touchdown run (Elliot PAT good)

Q2: Jake Elliot 36-yard field goal

Q3: Damien Harris 4-yard touchdown run (Rohrwasser PAT good)

Q4: Jake Elliot, 30-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