After Tom Brady decided to leave New England this offseason, it was starting to look like the Patriots would be in rebuild mode for the foreseeable future, especially during the 2020 campaign.
That changed drastically after the team went out and signed Cam Newton. The 2015 NFL MVP shocked everyone in late June when he agreed to a one-year, $7.5 million deal with the Patriots that will pay him just $550,000 in guaranteed money.
So how are the Patriots going to do with Newton this year?
CBS Sports went ahead and did 11-straight hours of simulations to go over the 2020 season three different times.
Simulation 1: Patriots ended up finishing just 6-10.
Simulation 2: For this simulation, Newton’s rating was bumped up to 85 and the team finished 7-9.
Simulation 3: For the final simulation, Newton’s Madden rating was bumped to 88 and he ended up throwing for more than 4,000 yards, along with 33 touchdowns while only throwing 10 interceptions. Newton did end up leading New England to the playoffs with an 11-4-1 record.