Instant analysis: Panthers' Cam Newton shreds Lions like an MVP
- Author: Julie Sanders Oct 09, 2017,
Oct 09, 2017, 13:13
The Panthers' quarterback is dialed in and playing some of his best football since his MVP campaign in 2015.
He completed 51 of his 83 pass for 566 yards, 6.82 yards per attempt, two touchdowns and four interceptions in those three games. In the third, the Panthers made it 27-10 after Newton's 31-yard touchdown pass to Benjamin and Gano's 44-yard field goal. From the Panthers' loss in Detroit the last time they traveled there when Cam Newton was a rookie?
Cam Newton can feel his arm getting stronger every day, steadily rehabbing it even when it is feeling good after having surgery in March on his rotator cuff.
On Thursday, Newton said in a video apology, "I understand that my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful to women". "But five turnovers. Just like coach (Jim) Harbaugh said, we can't win a game with five turnovers".
One of Detroit's biggest defensive weaknesses a year ago was their inability to pick up tight ends on passing routes.
Rodrigue asked Newton about Funchess' route running on Wednesday and Carolina's quarterback laughed and said, "It's amusing to hear a female talk about routes. I got everybody to the game and everybody had fun, and I had fun". They mix it up quite well, but they are physical. "When you have a quarterback that can tuck the ball away and get yardage on you, be it if he drops back to pass or on a called run, it makes it hard".
Two straight weeks of going from sitting on a cushion to squirming in their seats is a bit disconcerting, but it happened against arguably the game's two most clutch quarterbacks: the much celebrated rally troupe of Tom Brady and the Patriots, followed by the underappreciated comeback crew of Matthew Stafford and the Lions.
"It was a broken play", Funchess said.
Stafford is a big-time player in his own right.
Detroit (3-1) is coming off a 14-7 win over the Vikings last week. Then on the following drive, Golden Tate couldn't haul in a pass that would've given the Lions a first down on a third-and-12. The Lions' 11 takeaways are tied for the league lead.
The Panthers have found a way to stack 2 solid games in a row, but now are facing another challenge in a team just as hot.
"I think if I make a couple more tackles it's not the same situation", he said.
The Panthers were winning behind their defense, but they had to outscore New England after the defense allowed 30 points.
"I'm a man who tries to be a positive role model in my community and tries to use my platform to inspire others". "Obviously, it is not what you want to see, but he wasn't our problem".
"That was the hardest catch I ever made".