As one would expect from a player working his way back into game fitness, Melifonwu struggled to keep up with Patriots receivers on long routes downfield and gave up a 64-yard touchdown.
Dallas just isn’t the same team without Tyron Smith and Ezekiel Elliott.
“I bet he wasn’t even supposed to be there,” Newton said of Kuechly. “But that’s Captain America.”
Carolina got the ball to start the second half and Newton led an eight-play, 78-yard drive that ended with a 28-yard pass to Devin Funchess.
“When we get an opportunity to defer to the second half, we want to get those sneaky points,” Newton said. “It was a 14-point leap before their offense got back on the field. Those are winning tactics that can easily be overlooked if not executed properly.”
The Jaguars lead the NFL with 35 sacks, but with just three against the Chargers, “Sacksonville” will be hungry for more against the winless Browns.
Not only are the Chiefs coming off their bye, but they get to face the 1-8 Giants on Sunday, too.
Devonta Freeman won’t play Monday against the Seahawks, but if the Falcons defense plays like it did against the Cowboys, Atlanta has a great chance to spring an upset in Seattle.
After Derek Barnett hit Prescott’s leg and arm as he was throwing, Nigel Bradham picked up the loose ball and ran it 37 yards for a touchdown. Wentz’s 2-point pass to Trey Burton provided the final margin.