Patriots quarterback Cam Newton proved he could still dominate a bottom-tier team last weekend in a win over the Dolphins, but his matchup with the Seahawks on Sunday night should provide a better outlook on what to expect from him this season.
In his New England debut, Newton went 15 of 19 passing for 155 yards through air and rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Seattle’s defense presents a tougher test, not only for the former Panthers star but also for a restructured Patriots team moving on from the Tom Brady era.
The Seahawks, meanwhile, are more secure in their ability to contend this year. They’re still in the heart of Russell Wilson’s fabulous run as their leader and are coming off a comfortable Week 1 win over the Falcons.
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9:13 p.m.: The Patriots punt.
9:12 p.m.: Newton almost throws a pick-six, but Quinton Dunbar drops the would-be interception.
9:05 p.m.: New England sacks Wilson to move the Seahawks out of field goal range. Seattle will punt.
8:56 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Patriots. Cam Newton records his third rushing touchdown of the season. 14-7, New England.
End of first quarter: Patriots 7, Seahawks 7
8:48 p.m.: The Patriots leave their offense on the field on fourth-and-3 in field goal range. Newton finds N’Keal Harry over the middle for a first down, and an illegal hit moves New England even further downfield. Quandre Diggs has been ejected for the personal foul.
8:47 p.m.: Newton evades a potential sack on second down, then throws for a first down on third-and-7.
8:39 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Seahawks. Tyler Lockett snakes across the back of the end zone, and an on-the-move Wilson finds him with a perfect strike. 7-7.
8:34 p.m.: Wilson runs for 21 yards to move the Seahawks into the red zone.
8:26 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Patriots. Wilson throws a pick-six. Devin McCourty takes it to the house before shouting out running back James White, whose parents were in a car accident earlier Sunday. 7-0, New England.
As he runs into the end zone for a pick-six, Patriots S Devin McCourty throws up the numbers 2 and 8 and screams: “Two-eight, we love you!”
That, of course, is in tribute to teammate James White, who tragically lost his father in a car accident today.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 21, 2020
8:23 p.m.: SNF is underway in Seattle.
Patriots vs. Seahawks start time
All “Sunday Night Football” games in 2020 have the same set start time of 8:20 p.m. ET. There are Sunday night games scheduled for every week of the season except Week 17, though the NFL has the ability to flex a game into a Week 17 SNF window.
‘Sunday Night Football’ schedule 2020
|Week 1||Sept. 10 (Thur.)||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans|
|Sept. 13||Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Las Vegas Raiders|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||Green Bay Packers vs. Tennessee Titans|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||TBD|
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