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Cam Newton vs Patrick Mahomes is the marquee matchup of Patriots-Chiefs. (Maddie Meyer/Rob Carr, Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Technically, Patriots-Chiefs isn’t specifically Cam Newton vs Patrick Mahomes. But Newton has to acknowledge that his opponent has a transcendent quarterback.

Newton certainly has a way with words and his own way of describing things. So it’s no surprise that, when asked about Mahomes, he painted a picture of dominating in Madden or NFL Blitz. But of course, it takes more than freakish physical skills to be as great as Mahomes. That’s what impresses Newton more than anything.

“Man, he’s changing the game. He’s changing the game,” Newton said Thursday. “I think he’s shining light on the new wave of quarterbacks. It’s just fun to watch. Not only that, he has a lot of merit to what he does. It’s not like he’s just back there and it’s just an arcade game. Sometimes it looks like it, but he knows exactly what he’s doing and how he’s manipulating the defense. That’s the same thing that the Dan Marinos used to do. Obviously the Tom Bradys. The Aaron Rodgers.

“Those guys really have so much command of the offense that you dictate to the defense. That’s what he’s doing. He’s playing the game at a high level.”

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Of course, Newton and Mahomes won’t directly go against each other. It’s the source of one of the more annoying sports arguments on the internet. It’s not Brady vs. Manning you stupid moron piece of trash!!! But the way each quarterback plays on Sunday will certainly dictate how the other offense has to approach the game, so an argument can be made that quarterbacks face each other.

Newton will likely have to be on top of his game to keep up with Mahomes, who lit up the Ravens for 385 passing yards and five total touchdowns on Monday.

Patriots Podcasts

Listen below for my podcasts and on-air appearances this week. Here’s myself and Ty Anderson talking Patriots, Bruins, and more on the Sports Hub Sidelines podcast:

Here’s myself and Alex Barth talking Patriots-Chiefs:

And here’s my call with the Adam Jones Show from Thursday night:

Matt Dolloff is a 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. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Yell at him on Twitter @mattdolloff or send him a nasty email at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.