New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton acknowledged his starting role could be in jeopardy after he was pulled out of Sunday's forgettable loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Newton was withdrawn in the fourth quarter of New England's 33-6 NFL defeat to San Francisco, having thrown three interceptions for the slumping Patriots.

A three-time Pro Bowler, former MVP Newton joined the Patriots on a one-year deal following his Carolina Panthers exit to replace legendary quarterback Tom Brady – who left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

After finishing nine-of-15 for 98 yards as the Patriots fell to 2-4 following a third consecutive defeat, Newton told Boston sports radio station WEEI on Monday: "The first thing I said to myself coming home was, 'You keep playing games like that, bro, and it's going to be a permanent change'.

"You don't need to tell me that for me to understand that. I get it loud and clear."

In five appearances this season, Newton has completed 88 of 131 passes for 969 yards, two touchdowns, seven interceptions and 10 sacks.

Newton added: "For any type of competitor, do you feel embarrassed? Yeah. I don't feel offended by what was done. I don't feel offended having this type of conversation. I'm a realist.

"I don't fear my position stability more so than controlling the locker room. Performances like yesterday jeopardises [that]. It's like, 'Oh my God!' Players talk, and that's what's most important to me.

"Knowing you have your coaches' belief [is good], but my belief is that I want to have the whole facility. ... It doesn't start with no miraculous play. It's a whole body of work that goes into performing on Sunday."

Newton spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Panthers after he was chosen first overall in the 2011 NFL Draft – throwing for 29,041 yards, 182 touchdowns and 108 interceptions.

The 31-year-old was named the 2015 NFL MVP after leading the Panthers to a 15-1 record and an appearance in the Super Bowl before losing to the Denver Broncos.

The Panthers made the playoffs in four of Newton's nine seasons with the team.

However, in recent years, Newton has been hindered by injuries.

Newton battled a shoulder injury in 2018, with a once-promising campaign derailed as the Panthers lost seven of their last eight games to finish 7-9.

He played only two games in 2019, losing both, with Lisfranc fracture forcing him to watch the rest of a 5-11 season from the sideline.

The Seattle Seahawks' flawless start to the NFL season came to an end in dramatic fashion against the Arizona Cardinals, while Tom Brady made history in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' crushing win over the Las Vegas Raiders.

Arizona converted a field goal with only seconds remaining in overtime as the Cardinals completed a thrilling 37-34 comeback win over the previously unbeaten Seahawks on Sunday.

Brady surpassed New Orleans Saints counterpart Drew Brees for a league record, while Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers also won.

 

CARDINALS SOAR AS SEAHAWKS FALL

In one of the games of the season, the Cardinals triumphed thanks to Zane Gonzalez's field goal with 15 seconds remaining in Arizona.

The Seahawks – led by MVP candidate Russell Wilson – appeared on track to improve to 6-0, having led 27-17 at half-time and 34-24 heading into the final three minutes of regulation.

But the Cardinals rallied – Kyler Murray's eight-yard pass to Christian Kirk reducing the deficit to three points before Gonzalez converted a 44-yard field goal to force OT.

Gonzalez had the chance to settle the contest with a field goal early in OT but missed, however, the Cardinals kicker redeemed himself at the death.

Murray finished 34-of-48 for 360 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, while Wilson was 33-of-50 for 388 yards, three TDs and as many interceptions.

In a remarkable showdown, Seattle wide receiver DK Metcalf produced a sensational chase-down, delivering a touchdown-saving tackle on Budda Baker's 90-yard interception return in the second quarter.

 

RECORD-SETTING BRADY INSPIRES BUCS

Bucs quarterback Brady moved top of the NFL's all-time list for touchdown passes after leading Tampa Bay to a 45-20 rout of the Raiders.

Brady replaced Brees for the most TD passes in league history with his throw to Tyler Johnson in the fourth quarter.

A six-time Super Bowl champion, Brady eclipsed Brees' record with his 559th career touchdown pass, one ahead of his Saints counterpart.

Brady completed 33 of 45 passes for 369 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions or sacks against the Raiders (3-3) as NFC South leaders the Buccaneers improved to 5-2 for the season.

Rob Gronkowski, Scotty Miller – who finished with 109 yards – Chris Godwin and Johnson all connected with Brady for TDs, while Raiders QB Derek Carr was 24-of-36 for 284 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and three sacks.

 

CHIEFS TAKE DOWN BRONCOS, 49ERS THRASH NEWTON'S PATS

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs were too good for the Broncos, winning 43-16 on the road.

Played in snow, the Chiefs (6-1) led 24-9 at half-time and never looked back as they claimed their 10th consecutive victory over AFC West rivals the Broncos (2-4).

Mahomes extended his NFL-leading streak to 17 successive games with a touchdown throw, finishing 15-of-23 for 200 yards and a touchdown, while Le'Veon Bell impressed on debut after rushing for 39 yards on six carries.

It was a forgettable outing for Cam Newton and the New England Patriots, who were easily beaten 33-6 by the 49ers in Foxborough.

Newton – who was nine-of-15 for 98 yards – threw three interceptions and was replaced in the fourth quarter as the Patriots slumped to their third consecutive loss.

Former Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo enjoyed his return to New England, where the 49ers star was 20-of-25 for 277 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.

"It was a cool week," Garoppolo said. "Just a lot of emotions, a lot of memories. Especially coming back here, seeing the same stadium, hearing the same songs they used to play, a lot of memories came back ... But it was a fun night.

"Couldn't imagine it going any better than this."

Meanwhile, Justin Herbert threw three touchdowns as the Los Angeles Chargers defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 39-29.

 

Week 7 scores:

Philadelphia Eagles 22-21 New York Giants
Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 Tennessee Titans
Washington Football Team 25-3 Dallas Cowboys
Buffalo Bills 18-10 New York Jets
New Orleans Saints 27-24 Carolina Panthers
Green Bay Packers 35-20 Houston Texans
Cleveland Browns 37-34 Cincinnati Bengals
Detroit Lions 23-22 Atlanta Falcons
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 45-20 Las Vegas Raiders
San Francisco 49ers 33-6 New England Patriots
Kansas City Chiefs 43-16 Denver Broncos
Los Angeles Chargers 39-29 Jacksonville Jaguars
Arizona Cardinals 37-34 Seattle Seahawks (OT)

Jimmy Garoppolo spoke of his appreciation for New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick ahead of his first game against his old team.

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback was traded away by New England almost three years ago in a move that prompted debate despite Tom Brady being entrenched as the starter.

Garoppolo will take on the Patriots for the first time since that move on Sunday as his 3-3 Niners travel to Foxborough to face a team now led by Cam Newton.

Despite only starting two games due to the presence of Brady, Garoppolo remembers his spell with the Patriots (2-3), which included two Super Bowl wins, fondly.

"It set me up for everything here, made the transition a lot easier," he said about his time under Belichick.

"Initially I could remember the first OTAs and training camp. It was rough going from college to the NFL. That is why when you see these guys who come in and start right away, it is impressive.

"It is an exciting week. I get to go back to where it all started for my NFL career. I feel like I have come a long way, so I cannot wait for Sunday."

Asked about Belichick, Garoppolo added: "He was just very honest.

"Really never beat around the bush. He is very black and white with everything they did. That is kind of how I am. I really appreciate that from him.

"Whether it was my first day there or when I got traded, he always shot me straight and when you are talking about just man to man, that is all you could really ask for at the end of the day."

Garoppolo won his first five starts with the Niners in 2017 and after the following season was curtailed by a knee injury in Week 3, he led the team to last year's Super Bowl with a 13-3 record.

But that late Super Bowl loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and a disappointing start to 2020, not helped by an ankle injury, has Garoppolo under the spotlight ahead of the Pats game.

While he bounced back with three passing touchdowns in the Week 6 win over the Los Angeles Rams, his 63.6 per cent completion percentage is 6.2 per cent below expectation, per the NFL's NextGen stats. 

That is 35th out of 38 qualifying QBs this year, a metric he was ninth in last season with a positive rate of 1.7 per cent above expectation.

Still, apart from a forgettable two-interception first-half showing in a loss to the Miami Dolphins that saw him taken out of the game, he has not thrown a pick. 

"The tough game our whole team had versus Miami with him getting taken out there in that game – yes, it was tough, but the way he came into work on Monday, you could not tell," Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said.

"He is very mentally strong, that is one of the most impressive things about Jimmy."

Ahead of their meeting, Belichick was similarly warm when reflecting about his time with Garoppolo.

"Everybody here had a lot of confidence in him," the Patriots coach said. "It is one of those situations where you are not able to keep all the players, based on the system that is set up, which is understandable. 

"I am glad that it has worked out for him and San Francisco. I hope it doesn't work out on Sunday.

"But otherwise, I am happy he has the opportunity to play for a great coach and a great organisation and play on a great team. He deserves that."

Two of the NFL's leading quarterbacks go head-to-head in Sunday's NFC West divisional match-up between the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks.

The 5-0 Seahawks are coming off a bye week and have QB Russell Wilson putting together an MVP year, although he has struggled against the Cardinals in the past.

Meanwhile, Kyler Murray is impressing in an Arizona team that beat Seattle when they last met in December 2019.

We use Stats Perform data to look at that game and the rest of the Week 7 slate.
 

FEATURE GAME

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals - Sunday, 8.20pm (all times Eastern)

- The Seahawks are 6-1 (.857) in games after a bye week since 2013, which is the best record in the NFL. The lone loss during this span came against the Cardinals in 2015 (39-32).

- Since 2018, Wilson is averaging 183.3 passing yards and has three passing touchdowns to one interception over four games against Arizona. Against all other opponents in this span, Wilson is averaging 252.3 passing yards and has an 82/14 TD-INT ratio (33 games).

- Murray completed a career-low nine passes in the win over the Cowboys, but still finished with 188 passing yards. The last player to rack up that many yards through the air on fewer than 10 completions was Brian Hoyer on October 12, 2014 (217 yards on eight completions versus Pittsburgh).

OTHER KEY GAMES

Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans - Sunday, 1pm

- This is just the sixth game in the Super Bowl era between two teams entering the game at 5-0 or better. Each of the previous five were won by a team that went on to make the Super Bowl (1973 Vikings, 2004 Patriots, 2007 Patriots twice, 2015 Broncos). Both franchises are 5-0 for the second time in their history. Pittsburgh started 7-0 in 1978 and went on to go 14-2 and win the Super Bowl, while Tennessee were 10-0 in 2008.

San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots - Sunday, 4.25pm

- Sunday's game will be played 6,566 days since the last time the Patriots took the field on or after October 1 with a sub-.500 record. This last occurred on November 3, 2002, when New England travelled to Buffalo to face – just as this week, with the 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo – a former Patriots QB. They defeated Drew Bledsoe and the Bills 38-7.

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos - Sunday, 4.25pm

- Patrick Mahomes is the third quarterback in NFL history to have at least 15 TD passes and no more than one interception over his team's first six games of a season, along with Aaron Rodgers in 2014 and Tom Brady in 2015.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Las Vegas Raiders - Sunday, 4.05pm

- After going down 10-0 in the first quarter, Tampa Bay ripped off 38 unanswered points to defeat the Packers last week, the second-longest unanswered scoring run in franchise history. The longest came in a 41-0 win over Chicago back on September 10, 2000. Tampa Bay's defense held Green Bay QB Rodgers to a 35.4 passer rating in last week's win, the third-lowest of his career. The Buccaneers have now caused two of Rodgers' three career pick sixes after Jamel Dean took one to the house in the second quarter.

Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams - Monday, 8.15pm

- The Bears improved to 5-1 with a 23-16 win over the Panthers in Week 6, their best start since going 5-1 in 2012. Chicago's average margin of victory is just 4.0 points this season compared to 19.4 points during the 2012 start.

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Dallas Cowboys at Washington Football Team - Sunday, 1pm

- Washington lost to the Giants 20-19 in the Meadowlands last week, their first one-point defeat since a 24-23 decision against the Cowboys in Week 16, 2013. Sunday was the eighth time since 2018 that Washington have had at least two fourth-down conversions, tied for third-most in the league (0-8 in those games).

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets - Sunday, 1pm

- The Jets are 0-6 for just the second time in franchise history after starting 0-6 in 1996 (finished 1-15). They rank last in scoring offense (12.5 PPG) and point differential (-18.3). That is their second-worst point differential through six games in franchise history ahead of the 1976 Jets (-20.3).

It was a day to forget for Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns who once again failed at the Pittsburgh Steelers, while the Tennessee Titans remained unbeaten in the NFL after late drama on Sunday.

Both the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Giants finally remembered what it feels like to be on the winning team, but the New England Patriots lost to the Denver Broncos to slip to 2-3 and be under ,500 in October for the first time since 2002.

There was drama as the Tennessee Titans downed the Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts moved to 4-2 thanks to a 31-27 triumph over the Cincinnati Bengals.


HURT MAYFIELD STRUGGLES AS STEELERS CONTINUE BROWNS DOMINANCE

The Steelers made it 17 straight wins over the Browns in Pittsburgh with a comprehensive 38-7 mauling of their AFC North rivals, during which the influence of Cleveland quarterback Mayfield was quelled.

Cleveland headed into the fixture on the back of a first four-game winning streak since 2009, but Mayfield – contending with a rib injury that limited his practice time – and the Browns offense never got going.

Mayfield was just two-of-seven passing for five yards with a sack and two picks on third downs, and was sat down for Case Keenum deep into the third quarter. In total he was sacked four times and intercepted twice in a bruising outing.

James Conner was impressive for Pittsburgh, finishing with 101 yards on 20 carries and scoring the Steelers' first offensive touchdown in the second quarter, which made the score 17-0.

Ben Roethlisberger completed 14 of 22 passes for 162 yards and throwing for a touchdown, while Chase Claypool and Benny Snell also scored rushing touchdowns on a great outing for the now 5-0 Steelers.

The Baltimore Ravens are second behind Pittsburgh in their division after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 30-28, and they have now scored 20-plus points in 29 straight games – the second-longest streak in NFL history.


FALCONS, GIANTS UP AND RUNNING

The Atlanta Falcons fired head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff after a 23-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers saw them slip to 0-5 for the season last week.

But under the leadership of interim coach Raheem Morris, the Falcons routed the Minnesota Vikings 40-23 at U.S. Bank Stadium for their first win of the season.

Julio Jones came back into the line-up and collected eight receptions for the return of 137 yards, while also celebrating his first two touchdowns of the season. Veteran quarterback Matt Ryan, whose future in the team was called into question after a poor start, made 30 of 40 passes for 371 yards.

Joe Judge's first win as New York Giants coach came in vastly different circumstances, scraping past the Washington Football Team 20-19.

Washington missed when they opted to go for a two-point conversion with 36 seconds remaining, rather than take the kick for an extra point that would have taken a game riddled with errors into overtime.

It meant only the New York Jets - in action later in the day - had yet to win in the NFL this season.


HENRY, TITANS RALLY PAST TEXANS

The Titans stayed perfect at 5-0 following a dramatic finish to their 42-36 triumph over the Houston Texans.

It did not look like being the Titans' day given they had two turnovers, saw Stephen Gostkowski have a field goal blocked and fail with another, while Houston QB Deshaun Watson threw for four touchdown passes and the Titans defense gave up 335 yards in passing.

The last of those touchdown passes from Watson had Houston up by seven points with one minute and 50 seconds remaining but they crucially failed with a two-point conversion.

Ryan Tannehill consequently drove the Titans 76 yards and found A.J. Brown with a six-yard touchdown pass with only four seconds left to force overtime.

The brilliant Derrick Henry, who finished with 212 yards rushing and 52 yards receiving, then took a direct snap for a five-yard touchdown to win it three minutes and 30 seconds into overtime.

The Chicago Bears improved to 5-1 after defeating the Carolina Panthers 23-16.


Week 6 scores:

Tennessee Titans 42-36 Houston Texans
Baltimore Ravens 30-28 Philadelphia Eagles
Atlanta Falcons 40-23 Minnesota Vikings
Pittsburgh Steelers 38-7 Cleveland Browns
Indianapolis Colts 31-27 Cincinnati Bengals 
Detroit Lions 34-16 Jacksonville Jaguars
Chicago Bears 23-16 Carolina Panthers
New York Giants 20-19 Washington Football Team
Denver Broncos 18-12 New England Patriots

The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers will renew their fiery rivalry in Week 6 of the 2020 NFL season. 

Although neither team were in playoff contention last year, things got ugly between the AFC North rivals in their first meeting of 2019 when a fight broke out and Myles Garrett hit Mason Rudolph with his own helmet. 

The mood in both camps will be upbeat heading into Sunday's game at Heinz Field, though, as they have been victorious in each of their past four outings. 

A meeting of Cleveland's top-ranked rushing attack and the Pittsburgh's second-ranked run defense promises to serve up quite the contest. 

The Steelers have limited two of their first four opponents to fewer than 30 yards on the ground and allow 64.0 yards per game, while the Browns' average in rushing yards per game is almost three times that figure. 

The New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans are back in action after seeing games postponed by positive COVID-19 tests, while veteran quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady will go toe to toe in Tampa. 

We use Stats Perform data to look ahead to another mouthwatering schedule.


FEATURE GAME

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers - Sunday, 1pm (all times Eastern)

- The Browns have scored 30 points in each of their past four games and their total of 150 in Weeks 2-5 were the most in the NFL. They lead the NFL in rushing (188.4 yards per game) and are fourth in stopping the run (87.0 yards per game).

- Pittsburgh are 4-0 for the first time since 1979 – the last Super Bowl-winning season of the Chuck Noll/Terry Bradshaw/Steel Curtain era. The season before that Pittsburgh started 7-0, also en route to the Lombardi Trophy.

- Ben Roethlisberger is 22-2-1 in 25 career starts versus the Browns, including 11-0 at Heinz Field. In addition, he came off the bench to pass for 379 yards in a home victory over Cleveland in 2015. He last faced the Browns in 2018, throwing four interceptions in two games.

OTHER KEY GAMES

Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers – Sunday, 1pm

- Teddy Bridgewater's 73.0 completion percentage ranks second in the NFL behind Derek Carr (73.1 percent). The all-time single-season high for a Carolina quarterback is 68.0 percent by Cam Newton in 2018 (minimum 10 attempts).

Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles – Sunday, 1pm

- Baltimore improved to 4-1 with a 27-3 win over the Cincinnati Bengals last week. The Ravens' +73-point differential leads the NFL and ranks second in franchise history through five games, behind only 2011 (+77).

Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sunday, 4.25pm

- Rodgers and Brady have split their head-to-head matchups 1-1, with the latter taking the most recent one in Foxborough back in 2018 (31-17). However, Rodgers is in strong form this year – he is just the fourth quarterback in the past 70 years to throw for at least 13 touchdowns without an interception through the first four games of a season (2018 Patrick Mahomes, 2013 Peyton Manning, 1966 Don Meredith).

Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers – Sunday, 8.20pm

- The Rams have nine rushing touchdowns this season, more than any other team in the NFL. Five different Rams players have run for a touchdown this season, with Darrell Henderson (3), Malcolm Brown (2) and Jared Goff (2) all doing so multiple times.

Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills – Monday, 5pm

- Mahomes suffered just his eighth defeat in 36 regular-season games as a starting quarter back in Week 5. He’s bounced back well after the first seven defeats, going 5-2 and throwing 18 touchdowns to just four interceptions following losses.

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Denver Broncos at New England Patriots – Sunday, 1pm

- The Pats are 2-2 and in danger of falling below .500 in October or later for the first time since 2002. Their streak of 225 consecutive games in October or later without being below .500 (either before or after the game) is the longest streak in NFL history.

Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys – Monday, 8.15pm

- DeAndre Hopkins had six receptions for 131 yards in a 30-10 rout of the New York Jets in Week 5 and leads the NFL with 45 catches and 528 yards. Hopkins surpassed 9,000 career receiving yards in the win, becoming the fourth-youngest player in NFL history to do so at 28 years and 127 days old. Only Randy Moss (27 years, 310 days), Calvin Johnson (28-56) and Hopkins' team-mate Larry Fitzgerald (28 years, 81 days) got there at a younger age.

Week 5 of the NFL season came to a belated end on Tuesday, with attention quickly turning to Week 6 as fantasy owners scramble to make waiver claims and get line-ups in place. 

With no Thursday matchup because of the rescheduling caused by recent coronavirus cases, there is a little more time to do the latter ahead of the Sunday slate of games. 

For those with a losing record through five weeks, the time to turn things around is growing shorter, making it especially crucial to pick the right team for Week 6. 

Here is a little guidance with a look at some of the best fantasy options for the upcoming games.


QB: Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions

Stafford has seven touchdown passes in his last three games and, while his average of 254.3 yards per game is mediocre, the Jacksonville Jaguars defense presents him with a significant opportunity to pad his stats.

Indeed, the Jaguars have given up 30 points in each of their last four games and have allowed 300 yards passing in back-to-back weeks. A quarterback of Stafford's quality should have no problem making it three in a row.

RB: Raheem Mostert – San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers on offense may be tough to trust following their nightmare in the loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 5, but one San Francisco player you can depend on is Mostert.

San Francisco's starting running back has over 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his three games this season and, while the Los Angeles Rams boast a formidable defense, they are susceptible to the run, having surrendered over 100 yards on the ground in four of their five games.

WR: Justin Jefferson – Minnesota Vikings

Rookie first-round pick Jefferson came back down to earth in last Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks as he followed successive 100-yard displays with an effort that saw him record three catches for 23 yards.

The Atlanta Falcons, though, provide the perfect bounce-back opponent for the Minnesota wideout, who has at least five targets in each of his past three games. Interim Falcons head coach Raheem Morris takes charge of a team that is giving up 335.8 passing yards a game and has allowed 15 touchdowns through the air already this year. Theirs is a defense Jefferson should be able to exploit early and often.

TE: Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins

Gesicki enjoyed his second-best outing of the season with a five-catch 91-yard display in the shock blowout of the 49ers last week. 

His production this year has been of the boom-or-bust variety, but Gesicki is averaging over five targets a game and, against a porous New York Jets defense ranked a lowly 25th in the NFL against the pass, that kind of share of the workload should be enough for him to produce his third double-digit fantasy performance of the campaign.

D/ST: New England Patriots

While the postponement of the Patriots' game with the Denver Broncos may have been viewed as a hindrance, what it has done is given defensive mastermind Bill Belichick an extra week to prepare for an inferior opponent. 

New England held Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs offense to 19 points in their last encounter. With Broncos starting quarterback Drew Lock a doubt through injury, the Patriots could face a signal-caller in Brett Rypien who threw three interceptions in his debut against the Jets. 

The Broncos are without top receiver Courtland Sutton for the rest of the season and could be missing tight end Noah Fant again in a game most expect them to have to chase. That is a recipe for a strong defensive showing from the Patriots.

The New England Patriots' Week 5 game against the Denver Broncos has been postponed after their training facility was shut down in the wake of a new positive coronavirus test.

Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore tested positive for COVID-19, it emerged on Wednesday, becoming the team's second high-profile case after Cam Newton.

Quarterback Newton missed the Week 4 trip to the Kansas City Chiefs, with that game pushed back a day as a result of isolated cases for both teams.

The NFL's official website reported that a further positive test occurred on Saturday, causing the training base to be closed. It did not name the Patriots player involved. 

In a short statement, the NFL confirmed the Patriots and the Broncos would now have a bye week in light of a COVID-19 positive, with a new date for the game to be announced in due course.

"The Denver Broncos at New England Patriots game scheduled for Monday, October 12 at 5:00 pm ET has been postponed," the statement read.

"Details on a new game date and time will be announced shortly. Both teams will now have a Week 5 bye.

"This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts."

New England lost 26-10 to the Chiefs, slipping to 2-2 for the season.

The Broncos encounter was initially moved to Monday from Sunday due to the closure of the Patriots' practice facility, which only re-opened on Saturday.

The New England Patriots' training facility has been shut down again amid reports of a new coronavirus case, putting their Week 5 game against the Denver Broncos in doubt. 

Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore had reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, becoming the team's second high-profile case after Cam Newton. 

Quarterback Newton had missed the Week 4 trip to the Kansas City Chiefs, with that game pushed back a day as a result of isolated cases for both teams.

New England - who lost 26-10 to the Chiefs - had been able to return to the practice field on Saturday, having received no further positive results up to that point. 

"One thing that we've learned this year repeatedly has been we have to be ready to adjust and adapt to changes and modifications in the way we do things and in some cases decisions that really come down to a very short amount of time that we have to be ready to adjust to," Pats head coach Bill Belichick told the team's website.

"We're certainly taking things day by day, probably hour by hour would be more accurate."

However, on Sunday the facility was once again closed following the discovery of a fresh case, according to NFL reporters Adam Schefter and Field Yates. New England are said to be undergoing further tests while awaiting guidance from the NFL. 

They are due to host the Broncos at Gillette Stadium on Monday, though the latest development makes it unclear if that game will go ahead as planned.

Patrick Mahomes revealed he slept away from his pregnant fiancee over the weekend because of concerns around coronavirus.

Kansas City's Week 4 game against New England was pushed back from last Sunday to Monday after Chiefs practice squad QB Jordan Ta'amu and Patriots passer Cam Newton both returned positive COVID-19 tests. 

Though Mahomes was able to socially distance from Ta'amu in meetings at the Chiefs' facility, he still took precautions when returning home to Brittany Matthews, who recently announced she was expecting the couple's first child.

"It's something I think about every day - you have to think about that with her being pregnant and kind of that high-risk category," Mahomes told reporters on Wednesday.

"I just try to do my best, especially after Jordan was positive. Here we stay six feet apart and our meeting rooms are set up so we're far enough apart.

"When I went home over the weekend I slept in a different bedroom and stayed away from her as much as possible until I've got these negative tests back.

"I've just tried to do my part, keep myself away from her and social distance whenever stuff like this arises.

"I get tested every single day so it's good for keeping track of where I'm at."

Fresh coronavirus cases emerged during the latest round of testing on Wednesday, with another two Tennessee players now suffering from the virus after the outbreak within the Titans last week.

All Chiefs players returned negative tests on Wednesday but Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year last season, revealed he had contracted the virus.

Gilmore, who has confirmed he is asymptomatic, played against the Chiefs on Monday and footage of him sharing a post-game hug with Mahomes went viral.

"It's a different time, I think that's the biggest thing, and you knew that coming into the season," Mahomes added.

"If you thought you were going to go through the entire season and no one was going test positive then you had a little bit of false hope.

"So, you just trust that the protocols in place are the right protocols. Obviously, with Brittany being pregnant, I try to do whatever I can to social distance and stay away, being available to the team but even more for me [it is about] keeping my family safe.

"I just do my best to stay socially distant and obviously had a little lapse at the end of the game, just trying to show respect to a great football player who I hope is getting better very quickly.

"I will try to keep away from that and try not do it again."

The NFL was facing up to another coronavirus crisis on Wednesday, after it emerged two more Tennessee Titans players and New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore had tested positive for COVID-19. 

Tennessee's Week 4 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers had to be postponed because of a coronavirus outbreak within the AFC South franchise, with more than a dozen cases among players and coaches. 

There had been two straight days without a positive test, raising hopes the Titans could return to their facility, but NFL Network and ESPN both reported two fresh cases involving Tennessee players on Wednesday, throwing their Week 5 game against the Buffalo Bills in Nashville on Sunday into doubt. 

Pats cornerback Gilmore is also reported to have contracted the virus, becoming the second high-profile player in New England to test positive after quarterback Cam Newton last week.

The Patriots' Week 4 trip to Kansas City had to be pushed back a day as a result of isolated positive cases for both teams and was only allowed to proceed because everyone else had received the all-clear. 

However, given the virus' incubation period, there will now be a fear over a spread as last season's Defensive Player of the Year Gilmore played on Monday when the Chiefs won 26-10. 

ESPN reported no Chiefs players had returned a positive result during their latest round of testing. 

However, it also claimed a Las Vegas Raider player had shown to have contracted the virus. 

It comes after the NFL issued a memo to teams regarding stricter COVID-19 protocols as it aims to prevent outbreaks similar to the one seen in Tennessee.

The Kansas City Chiefs are the first team in NFL history to start four consecutive seasons with a 4-0 record.

Defending Super Bowl champions the Chiefs earned a 26-10 home win over the New England Patriots in their re-arranged Week 4 game on Monday, with Patrick Mahomes impressed by his team's ability to deliver in decisive moments.

That followed up victories over the Houston Texans, Los Angeles Chargers and Baltimore Ravens to kick off the 2020 season.

The Chiefs also won their first four games in 2017, 2018 and 2019 under Andy Reid, with four straight 4-0 starts representing an NFL first.

They finished those campaigns with 10-6, 12-4 and 12-4 records, the most recent of those resulting in winning February's Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers.

It was not a vintage Chiefs performance against a Patriots team playing without starting quarterback Cam Newton after he tested positive for COVID-19.

The Chiefs were unable to score a first-half touchdown for just the third time in the Mahomes era, and the previous two occasions had also come in games against the Pats back in 2018.

Ultimately, Mahomes connected with Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman for second-half touchdowns, while Tyrann Mathieu scored with a late pick-six on Jarrett Stidham.

Mahomes, who finished with 236 passing yards, suggested the coronavirus-related complications in the build-up to the game – the Chiefs and Patriots were barred from their team facilities until Saturday - had played a part in it taking time before his team found their usual rhythm. 

An efficient start to the season has seen the Super Bowl MVP throw for 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions, with a passer rating of 114.1.

"You can still find ways to watch film and find ways [to] do stuff like [preparation], but it's obviously something that we are unprepared for," he said, per ESPN.

"I didn't do enough because we didn't execute at a high enough level, wasn't able to find the guys, didn't play very good football. But I thought I did whatever I could to stay in tune with the game.

"Hopefully if this presents itself again - which hopefully it doesn't - I'll be able to do better.

"[But] you've seen it this season. You've seen it last season. Even if you hold us down, we can go out there and make plays when they count.

"When your number is called you have to make plays, and I thought enough guys made plays that we were able to get out of there with a win."

Stretching back to last season and their postseason run, the Chiefs have won 13 straight NFL games.

New England Patriots’ stand-in quarterbacks combined for three interceptions as the Kansas City Chiefs maintained their perfect 4-0 start to the NFL season by cruising to a 26-10 victory on Monday.

The reigning Super Bowl champions scored 14 points from turnovers as New England suffered a myriad of offensive issues at Arrowhead Stadium with Cam Newton sidelined following a positive covid-19 test.

Patriots veteran Brian Hoyer stepped in and completed 15 of 24 passes for 130 yards and an interception, twice having the ball inside Kansas City’s 16-yard line without coming away with any points.

With the Patriots 6-3 behind and in short field-goal range, Hoyer was sacked by Frank Clark with seconds remaining to close out the first half, before the 34-year-old lost a fumble in the red zone to Taco Charlton.

The New England Patriots' Week 4 trip to the Kansas City Chiefs will now take place on Monday, the NFL has confirmed. 

A meeting between the two previous Super Bowl champions was originally scheduled for Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, but positive coronavirus tests were reported for both teams on Saturday, meaning the matchup had to be pushed back. 

Patriots starting quarterback Cam Newton was reported to be the New England player who had contracted the virus, while Jordan Ta'amu, a QB on the Chiefs' practice squad, is said to have tested positive. 

However, all other players and team personnel from both franchises tested negative in the latest rounds of testing on Saturday and Sunday, ensuring the game could be pushed back a day, rather than postponed until later in the year. 

The new kick-off time will be 7:05pm ET, one hour and 10 minutes before the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons kick off on Monday Night Football. 

"Further testing of players and personnel on both teams returned no new positives from Saturday and Sunday testing," a statement from the NFL on the Chiefs-Patriots game read. 

"The clubs also worked closely with the NFL and NFLPA and infectious disease experts to conduct contact tracing and post-COVID exposure protocols are now in effect for both teams."

Kansas City, who have started 3-0 in their Super Bowl title defence, are now set to play three games in 11 days against the Pats, Las Vegas Raiders and Buffalo Bills. 

The Chiefs will likely face backup QB Brian Hoyer on Monday, though, given Newton's absence for the Patriots. 

The NFL had to deal with its first in-season coronavirus crisis earlier this week when multiple positive tests emerged within the Tennessee Titans organisation. 

Their Week 4 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers has already been postponed until Week 7 and, with fresh positive tests still emerging on Sunday, their Week 5 game against the Buffalo Bills could be in danger too.

The New England Patriots' Week 4 trip to the Kansas City Chiefs has been postponed because of positive coronavirus tests within both teams, the NFL has confirmed. 

New England confirmed one of their players had contracted the virus shortly after multiple reports emerged that starting quarterback Cam Newton had tested positive. 

It was then reported that Jordan Ta'amu, a quarterback on the Chiefs' practice squad, was also being placed on the NFL's Reserve/COVID list. 

A statement from the NFL read: "The New England-Kansas City game scheduled for 4.25pm ET Sunday will be rescheduled to Monday or Tuesday after positive COVID-19 tests on both teams. 

"In consultation with infectious disease experts, both clubs are working closely with the NFL and the NFLPA to evaluate multiple close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments. 

"All decisions will be made with the health and safety of players, team and gameday personnel as our primary consideration."

Tennessee's home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, initially scheduled for this Sunday, has already been moved back to Week 7 following a coronavirus outbreak within the Titans.

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