I Like Dak Prescott

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It’s the day after Christmas, and I’m watching Dak Prescott and the Cowboys try to get to 13-2 against the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football.

I really like how Prescott throws the football. He’s just really smooth. Now that the Buccaneers are out of the playoff chase, and Derek Carr is out for the season; I’m pulling for the #1 seed Cowboys to pull this off and make a Super Bowl run.

With Prescott, Ezekiel Elliot, those White uniforms, a ton of strength in the trenches, and the best stadium in football; I am all for these guys making a run. They’re downright fun to watch. It’s been a long time since I had interest in the Dallas Cowboys. They’re like the Yankees in baseball. When they’re relevant, it’s good for the sport.

Prescott is zipping the ball all over the field and running for first downs. Dallas just went up 35-21 on a Dez Bryant end around pass to Jason Witten. These guys are bad asses and fun to watch.

Buccaneers in Charlotte for Monday Night Football

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Well my team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play on Monday Night Football on ESPN tonight in Charlotte against another team I like a lot, the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are minus Cam Newton this evening, and enter the game as six point favorites.

Both teams are 1-3 and the Buccaneers are desperately in need of a win as today there are rumblings about the safety of Head Coach Dirk Koetter’s job.

More than anything, how about a turnover-free game from Jameis Winston for a change? That would be nice. He’s without Doug Martin and Sims the backup running back with Jacquizz Rodgers getting the start.

 

 

Monday Night Thriller: Carolina Panthers 7-0 for first time in Franchise History

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[Cat Scratch Reader] [Charlotte Observer] [Cam Newton Highlights]

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For the second week in a row, the Panthers have a big primetime win in Charlotte wearing the beautiful black uniforms. This one ended up being a thriller.

Cam Newton was 16 of 35 for 248 yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception on the rainy night. But again, stats are just telling part of the story for Newton.

The Panthers blew a 23-7 lead because Ron Rivera was coaching this game like he was up 30. The game went into overtime at 23-23, and the Colts won the toss. After Vinatieri hit a long field goal, Newton and the Panthers drove right down the field and tied the game (it should have ended on a Ted Ginn long pass on one of the most beautiful throws I’ve ever seen Cam make).

After Graham Gano tied the game at 26-26, Luke Kuechly ended up with an interception that all but set the Panthers up for the win.

There have been so many big wins in Cam Newton’s career that I’ve enjoyed. This wasn’t the greatest, but rather another in a long string that I’ve really enjoyed. Newton and the Panthers have won their last 10 regular season games. They’re 11-1 in their last 12 overall.

They have an identity. The biggest of the three comes on Sunday at 1:00 PM in Charlotte with the Green Bay Packers coming to town. This is clearly a game in which will decide home-field advantage in the NFC. This is a crucial, crucial game in the career of Cam Newton.

Jim Tomsula is fun

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Monday Night Football in Charlotte (vs. the Patriots): The Finest Game of Cam Newton’s Career

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[GAME BOOK]

[NFL.com] [CBS Eye on Football] [Newton Leads Panthers to Win in Game of the Year (NFL.com] [Peter King MMQB]

[PFT] [ESPN NFL Nation] [Charlotte Observer]

When people look back years later, this one will go down as one of the greatest wins and games in the Cam Newton era. It does not get any better than this. It has people around the league talking Panthers (like Colin Cowherd). People will only talk about the controversial call for a little while. The real story is going to go down as how Cam Newton and the Panthers elite defense out-slugged the Patriots to get a huge win and move into the ranks of the elite in Mid-November of the 2013 NFL season.

The game was literally so clean all the way through that it seemed to go by in a short blink. Newton went 19 for 28 for 209 yards and three touchdown passes. He showcased a skill set that I saw in him back at Auburn, when I knew he would be a star. He ran seven times for 62 yards, threw two touchdowns on third down, and picked up a signature win over Tom Brady on Monday Night Football that will go down as a fourth quarter come from behind game-winning drive.

Highlights:

*Newton 25-yard TD Pass to Ted Ginn (Game-winner) [NFL.com]

*Newton 15-yard TD pass to Greg Olsen [NFL.com]

*Brandon LaFell 9-yard Touchdown [NFL.com]

*Cam Newton highlights [NFL.com]

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There will be other things that people talk about when they remember this game, or things that get forgotten that shouldn’t.

The Panthers couldn’t get any semblance of a run game going. Newton was their source of life-support on this evening. The Panthers were physical even though they allowed some yards on the ground just as they did in the 49ers game. They kept hitting Tom Brady until the end. They went for the knockout as Jon Gruden said, and they got it.

And who will ever forget the back and forth between Steve Smith and Aquib Talib? And Steve Smith saying “Ice up son!” at the end of the game walking off the field?

This was a win they hung on to, and a win that will go a long way into changing legacies. It’s a game that if you lose you easily get forgotten. Now the Panthers could easily challenge for the division by beating the Saints once and handling their business. They could be in play for a first round bye. The sky is the limit – they are on the kind of roll that could have them rolling all the way to the Super Bowl. It’s just hard to say where this will all end for the Panthers, but things have come together and this is a team that believes in itself.

At the very least, the Panthers are in a real push for the postseason and a playoff game. With a few games down the stretch figuring to get flexed into primetime (I am hoping for December 22nd against the Saints) it could be a Cam Newton Christmas Season!

This is a gem that I hope never gets lost: