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QB Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers

6-5, 248Born: 5-10-1989College: AuburnDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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Week 13: at Minnesota Vikings

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. 3-7-1 Carolina faces off against 4-7 Minnesota in this one, but incredible as it sounds, the Panthers are still in the NFC South race so for Carolina this game is a must-win situation. The Vikings are in spoiler mode with Green Bay far out of reach (as is a wild card playoff berth in the NFC). Cam Newton threw for a respectable 23/37 for 292 yards, two TDs and two interceptions thrown vs. Atlanta two weeks ago (two sacks taken for -7 yards), and he's had an extra week to shake off some of the aches and bruises accumulated over the first 11 weeks of NFL action - we'll see if he can build off the positive game here in Week 13. Against Atlanta, Newton leaned on Kelvin Benjamin (13 targets for 9/109/1 receiving) and Greg Olsen (11 for 5/61/0) heavily, while finding Philly Brown for his other TD pass (two for 1/47/1). Jerricho Cotchery kept the chains moving with four targets for 2/43/0 receiving - outside of Benjamin and Olsen, there isn't much fantasy juice to be had among the Panthers' receivers entering Week 13. The Vikings' pass D is ranked seventh in the NFL averaging 223.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with 19 pass TDs given up vs. 10 interceptions and 31 sacks generated to date (16th and fourth-ranked in the NFL, respectively). Aaron Rodgers was held to 19/29 for 207 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions last week (one sack taken for -2 yards); Jay Cutler wasn't sacked two weeks ago while throwing 31/43 for 330 net yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions. Any team that can slow down Rodgers and the Packers' receivers is worthy of respect. This looks like a tough matchup for the visiting Panthers.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 vs NO 10 28 151 0 1 7 43 1 1
10 at PHI 25 40 306 2 3 2 6 0 1
11 vs ATL 23 37 292 2 2 5 30 0 0
13 at MIN PROJ-Dodds 22 34 * * * 6 * * *
13 at MIN PROJ-Tremblay 21 35 * * * 6 * * *
13 at MIN PROJ-Bloom 21 32 * * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs PHI (25 / 40 / 306 / 2 / 3 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)

Newton had a very rough outing on Monday, even more so than his stat line would suggest. Fantasy owners enjoyed the two garbage time touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but those plays belied just how bad Newton's performance was to that point. Going into the fourth quarter, Carolina was down by 31 points and Newton had 194 passing yards, no touchdowns and 3 interceptions. It is obvious to the naked eye even on the television broadcast that Newton is not healthy. Cam grimaced in pain after many of the 9 sacks he took during the game, and he was not nearly as spry when evading pressure or executing the few designed runs that were called. Both the patchwork offensive line and Newton were responsible for the sacks taken. Byron Bell at left tackle is an abject disaster, but the interior of the line also ensured Cam had little time on passing plays. Newton though, stood perfectly still on many passing plays staring at one receiver waiting for him to get open, paying no attention to the Eagles pass rushers as they approached. When Newton did throw the ball, he obviously lacked the footwork and overall mechanics necessary to throw the ball well. He threw several deep balls that had no chance, and on those throws Cam stood straight up with little to no weight transfer from one leg to the other. Newton has the perfect storm of lingering injuries, terrible offensive line play, and a thin receiving corps making him an extremely dicey play going forward.

2014 Week 11 vs ATL (23 / 37 / 292 / 2 / 2 pass, 5 / 30 / 0 rush)

Inconsistency and poor play continued to hound under-fire Cam Newton against division rival Atlanta as the struggling Panthers offense faltered once again. A missed assignment on Newton's first dropback allowed a free rusher to tattoo Newton right underneath his chinstrap, but the pass protection was much improved after that. Even with time to throw, however, Newton showed all the worst sides of his game; overthrows, inaccurate underneath passes and trying to keep plays alive instead of simply living to play another down. There was the usual dose of option keeper plays to get Newton into a rhythm, but he looked sluggish and hesitant running the ball at times and was chased down on the sideline after a rollout by linebacker Paul Worrilow. The Falcons did an exceptional job keeping the Panthers receivers under wraps on third down, giving Newton very few viable options to release the football to. Even when he found his target ˝ usually on a difficult pass ˝ his receivers let him down. Newton's ball security continues to plague him; after nearly having a pass towards the sideline telegraphed, a floated ball intended for Greg Olsen on a 7-route was first tipped and then intercepted by the roving free safety in the area. It was a difficult pass to attempt and there is the sense that Newton is simply trying too hard to get this offense back on track. Newton was bitten by the same bug on a target to rookie Kelvin Benjamin on a slant pattern over the middle. Benjamin, just as he did on Monday night in Philadelphia, seemed to slow down at the top of his route, allowing Desmond Trufant to come underneath and intercept the Newton pass. The offense surprisingly came to life in the fourth quarter and Newton began to find a much-needed rhythm. Continuing to trust Benjamin even after his error, Newton fired a beautiful lob pass up to the left corner of the end zone. Benjamin got position on Trufant and reeled in the pass despite initially juggling it. Newton followed it up with a picture perfect deep pass to Corey ŰPhilly' Brown, a rookie out of Ohio State who is normally utilised as a return man. With the defensive back turned around, Newton knew the least he would get on the play was a defensive pass interference penalty; instead, his accurate pass was rewarded with a touchdown. The fourth quarter revival notwithstanding, the play of Cam Newton has declined significantly since the beginning of the season and mistakes and inconsistencies are still a major part of his game.


Latest News

Panthers | Cam Newton checked for concussion (Mon Nov 17, 01:18 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (head) was checked for a possible concussion in the first quarter of the team's Week 11 game but was cleared to play.

Our View: Newton looked better this week than he did on Monday night in Week 10 against the Eagles. That's a good sign for his health status moving forward.
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