1. Newton’s health remains an open question
How can you bet on someone if you don’t know if he’s truly healthy?
Newton had surgery on his throwing shoulder in March of 2017, and then again in January of 2019. In between, he was fairly brilliant to start 2018, as Carolina went 6-2 and Newton opened with 15 TDs and just four interceptions.
He was an MVP candidate going into a TNF showdown in Pittsburgh, but Newton was pulverized that night. He was sacked five times in a 52-21 loss, including a shot to his throwing shoulder by TJ Watt that shook Newton up.
The Panthers didn’t win another game under Newton that season, as his play deteriorated badly, and we haven’t seen him healthy since, as he suffered a Lisfranc injury in 2019.
Sure, if Newton is healthy, then the Patriots could be in business. But as of right now, is there really any reason to wager that Superman is 100 percent?
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