Even though the Patriots beat the Raiders, 36-20, Sunday at Gillette Stadium to improve to 2-1 on the year, quarterback Cam Newton wasn't overly pleased with his performance.
Newton went 17-for-28 passing with 162 yards, a touchdown and an interception, while adding 27 yards on the ground.
Appearing on The Greg Hill Show Monday morning, the Patriots QB was asked what letter grade he would give himself and he said a C.
“Yesterday was kind of frustrating in itself," he said. "I do understand playing in this league long enough that there will be games like that and you just have to find ways to win. That’s the optimistic answer. Me personally was lackluster ball security. Just a slow start offensively. This is a subpar performance and I know I can play better, I know I can do better and I know I will be better.”
Newton took full responsibility for the interception.
“Trying to do too much, simple," he said. "I lost the defender. When you’re scrambling you just kind of assume people are going to certain people and he just peeled back and I didn’t take account of him. Things like that just can’t happen.”
Facing Kansas City on the road next week, Newton knows he will need to be better against the defending Super Bowl champs.