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Brian Hoyer is ex­pected to quar­ter­back the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots (2-1), with Cam New­ton on the COVID-19 re­serve list for the post­poned New Eng­land at Kansas City game, moved to tonight from Sun­day.

Sec­ond-year quar­ter­back Jar­rett Stid­ham will be back­ing him up. Hoyer was New­ton's backup in Weeks 1-3, while Stid­ham did not even dress.

New­ton took to so­cial me­dia on Sun­day to thank fans for their kind words af­ter his COVID-19 pos­i­tive test.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate all the love, sup­port, and well wishes!! I will take this time to get healthy and self re­flect on the other amaz­ing things that I should be grate­ful for,” he wrote on In­sta­gram.

New­ton is the only mem­ber of the Pa­tri­ots with a pos­i­tive test. The Pa­tri­ots are sched­uled to de­part for Kansas City this morn­ing, pro­vided there are no more pos­i­tive tests in ei­ther or­ga­ni­za­tion.

NBC Sports re­ported that the Pa­tri­ots will use both of their team air­craft for the trip west. One plane will trans­port the ap­prox­i­mately 20 peo­ple who are known to have been in close con­tact with New­ton. The other plane will carry the re­main­ing play­ers and staff.

It'll be the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Mon­day night game for the Chiefs, who carved up the host Bal­ti­more Ravens last week.

The Chiefs (3-0) have not lost a game ei­ther in the reg­u­lar sea­son or play­offs since last Novem­ber, a streak of 15 straight vic­to­ries.

For the sec­ond game, At­lanta at Green Bay, the Pack­ers (3-0) have not lost a game other than against the San Fran­cisco 49ers at Levi's Sta­dium since Nov. 3, at the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers. Green Bay head coach Matt LaFleur is 16-3 in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

The Fal­cons (0-3) will watch an­other sea­son go down the drain if they can't some­how leave Lam­beau Field with a vic­tory. Hav­ing blown two large, late leads in each of their last two games, don't be go­ing to bed early no mat­ter how huge a lead the Fal­cons might amass.

BEN­GALS' BUR­ROW SETS ROOKIE MARK

It was a good Sun­day for Cincin­nati Ben­gals rookie quar­ter­back Joe Bur­row.

Bur­row, the 2020 No. 1 over­all draft pick out of LSU, picked up his first NFL vic­tory Sun­day as the Ben­gals (1-2-1) knocked off the vis­it­ing Jack­sonville Jaguars 33-25 at Paul Brown Sta­dium. The win was the first for coach Zac Tay­lor (110-1) in 12 one-pos­ses­sion games with the Ben­gals.

In the process, Bur­row made NFL his­tory as he be­came the first rookie quar­ter­back in league his­tory to throw for at least 300 yards in three straight games.

Bur­row hit on 25 of 36 passes for 300 yards against the Jags, with one touch­down and one in­ter­cep­tion. He notched 316 yards in a loss at the Cleve­land Browns in Week 2, and 312 yards in a tie at the Philadel­phia Ea­gles in Week 3.

“We got the win; that's all I care about,” Bur­row said.

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