Cam Newton's debut with the New England Patriots on Sunday was a success.
The Patriots quarterback showed off his wheels with 75 rushing yards and two touchdowns via the ground en route to a 21-11 victory. He also went 15-of-19 through the air with 155 passing yards.
It's an encouraging start to the campaign for the 2015 NFL MVP, but can the Patriots continue to succeed with this offense as the season goes on?
Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discussed on a postgame episode of the Patriots Talk Podcast.
"I think that the offensive line had an absolutely unbelievably good time doing what it did today. I think they enjoyed the s--t out of it," said Curran. "And I think that'll be the key to this offense. Yes, Cam Newton is terrific and the play-calling was awesome, but to watch [Joe] Thuney and [Shaq] Mason and Isaiah Wynn just really bullying people ... that to me was so vital." ...
"Do I think that they can continue like this? I think there's a hell of a lot less variation in what the Patriots offense looks like this year than what it would've been this year with Tom Brady."
Perry agrees with Curran's take on the o-line, but is cautious about getting caught up in the Newton hype this soon.
"I'm with you on the offensive line. They're going to have to be great every week. Is that sustainable? Dante Scarnecchia's first year gone. Credit Cole Popovich and Carmen Bricillo for getting those guys ready for Week 1. Can they keep this up? Can you continue to give it to Cam Newton a dozen times or more every week? Can you count on three turnovers every week from your defense?
"There's a lot here in a league that is so predicated on the state of the passing game ... As fun as it was, as much as me and all sorts of football nerds love watching a variable running game go to work, that can probably only take you so far. So that's sort of lingering in the back of my mind right now."
Also discussed in the episode: Patriots show they plan to use Cam Newton as a runner, biggest takeaways from the Patriots’ defense, Phil Perry on being in a fan-less Gillette Stadium, and what to make of Jarrett Stidham being inactive.