I'd hope that Rivera could override the analytics. I also don't like criticizing play calls (much). As @MHS831 says its an execution issue.
In any case I like the call. Plus he sure looked in from a general sense.
Heres the thing...
I don't really think it matters whether we're playing well or not.
The factors that are coming between the team and Newton aren't affected by team performance.
And while I agree it's possible, right now neither side seems willing to budge.