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Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL:
1. Cam’s kryptonite: Cam Newton‘s return to the Patriots this week from the reserve/COVID-19 list puts him in position to do something he has never accomplished before: Beat the Denver Broncos as a starting quarterback.
Call it Superman’s kryptonite, if you will.
Newton is 0-3 against the Broncos, with the most notable loss coming in Super Bowl 50. When the Newton-led Carolina Panthers visited the Broncos to open the following season, the game was defined, in part, by some punishing hits Newton absorbed.
Against teams he has faced at least three times, Newton has posted the worst completion (51.8) and sack (12.5) percentage in his career when playing Denver. His total QBR (31.9) is also his lowest mark.
History naturally won’t be a factor when Newton leads the Patriots into action against the visiting Broncos (1 p.m. ET, CBS) on Sunday. But in a season Newton has said is all about respect for him, this is another box he can authoritatively check.