[Cam Newton Highlights] [NFL Nation] [Charlotte Observer]
In a night of signature Cam Newton moments on a sloppy field, the best of the night was the touchdown pass on the first drive (a drive he went 7 of 8 passing) to Greg Olsen with a linebacker bearing down on him. It was a thing of beauty, and touch, and smarts and patience. Newton made the play and gave his team a 7-0 lead and the Panthers would kind of run away and hide from there.
Newton also made about three great runs on the night, one went for a touchdown. Right now, he’s fun to watch, and he’s enjoying the success we always knew he would in the game of football. Here’s his postgame interview on the set of NFL Network:
Cam has gone three games without a turnover and has his QB rating up to over 97 on the season. He has 12 TD’s against just 5 INT, with three of those coming in the dreadful Arizona game. Ted Ginn dropped Cam’s best throw of the game, a bomb that would have went for another seven.
But this game wasn’t just about Cam Newton. The Panthers defense again played a dominating style. Charles Johnson got back into the act and notched two sacks with Greg Hardy getting on the board with one. Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis and a kid named Melvin White all had a big night being all over the field. Right now the Panthers are dominating teams they should dominate.
The Panthers are finally over the .500 mark in the Cam Newton/Ron Rivera era. No one can say it never happened. But it’s time to keep rolling. The next three games will decide if this is a playoff team or a Panthers team that finishes around where they have the past two years that just started faster (Atlanta, New England, San Francisco).