The Patriots as a whole need to step up, not just Cam

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Radio.com Sports NFL Insider Mike Lombardi kicked off the 3 o'clock hour Friday afternoon with Nick and Stan.

Nick asked about Cam Newton’s struggles over the last two weeks with New England and Lombardi highlighted Newton’s return from COVID-19. Lombardi also said the Patriots as a whole have to step up.

Stan switched gears to the AFC North and Lombardi gave the nod to the Steelers as the most balanced team in that conference, but said the Ravens need to improve their pass offense to contend.

Bringing things back to the Panthers, Lombardi indicted Carolina’s offensive line in the Falcons loss. He did qualify his thoughts on the Panthers by saying the team is ahead of schedule with Matt Rhule at the helm.

Lombardi closed with his analysis of the Panthers defense.