After a week spent articulate about Cam Newton‘s dance moves, a five-touchdown opening he forsaken on an underrated Washington Redskins defense Sunday in a 44-16 win during Bank of America Stadium ensures we’ll spend successive week articulate about how he’s a NFL‘s many profitable player.
After attending a Carolina Panthers‘ Week 10 win over a Tennessee Titans, Rosemary Plorin of Nashville, Tennessee, penned a censure minute to the Charlotte Observer. Plorin claimed her nine-year-old daughter done precociously concerned observations about Newton’s celebrations—and kicked off another turn of sleepy inhabitant discuss about Newton, perceptions of his impression and a ways fans military a function of black athletes.
Newton has faced criticisms on another front, too: Analysts have looked during his underwhelming numbers and continued to downplay his MVP candidacy.
Coming into Week 11, Newton was ranked 22nd in NFL passer potency rating, per Pro-Football-Reference.com, and 18th in practiced net yards per attempt. He was 17th in Football Outsiders‘ defense-adjusted yards above replacement, 21st in ESPN QBR and generally sat during a bottom of a center third of NFL passers in usually about each quantifiable way.
So because were analysts such as Bleacher Report’s Gary Davenport touting Newton for joining MVP?
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The answer, simply, was to watch him play—and see how mostly Newton done something out of nothing, towering his teammates and overcame adversity when those teammates let him down. Looking particularly during flitting numbers, of course, also overlooks Newton’s 382 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns.
The usually quasi-objective metric that prisoner what Newton was doing on a margin was Pro Football Focus’ film-grading system; Newton was PFF’s fifth-highest-graded quarterback by 10 weeks.
Then, opposite Washington: 21-of-34, 7.2 yards per attempt, a career-high 5 touchdown passes and 0 turnovers.
His initial came on a Panthers’ second drive, a play movement to tailback Jonathan Stewart followed by a dump-off to Stewart. As is Newton’s personal tradition, he gave a diversion round to an fervent child in a stands (wearing his reproduction of Newton’s No. 1 jersey, of course).
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For a time, it seemed Washington’s offense was means of gripping adult with Newton. Quarterback Kirk Cousins famous a singular blown Panthers coverage and strike rapid receiver DeSean Jackson for a 56-yard touchdown to assistance tie it during 7-7.
Newton and a Panthers answered behind with a 13-play, seven-minute, 45-second expostulate that finished with a three-yard crack to all-purpose behind Mike Tolbert for another touchdown. When Andre Roberts returned a indirect kickoff for a touchdown, it looked for all a universe like this was going to be a shootout.
Washington didn’t measure another point. Not on purpose, anyway.
After a dual teams traded three-and-outs, Newton led a Panthers on an 92-yard, eight-play expostulate that finished with his 100th career flitting touchdown:
A Matt Jones fail on his possess 24-yard line set adult another Newton touchdown, this time to brave parsimonious finish Greg Olsen. On a successive Washington drive, another fail gave Newton a round behind on a Panthers’ 38. The time cut brief Newton’s try to measure another touchdown before halftime. Instead, a Panthers took a 31-14 lead into halftime interjection to a Graham Gano margin goal.
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Washington took over during a start of a second half. Carolina strip-sacked Cousins on a really initial play from scrimmage. Newton…wait for it…capitalized with a five-yard touchdown strike to rookie Devin Funchess.
It incited out to be Groundhog Day for Washington; toward a finish of a third quarter, All-Pro claimant Josh Norman stripped tight finish Jordan Reed, and a Panthers pounced on it. On a indirect Carolina drive, Newton done a kind of well-placed, well-weighted low chuck his detractors forget he can make—a 35-yard tie with Funchess to assistance set adult a margin idea (at a 1:02 symbol of a video):
After that, Washington usually scored again when Panthers punter Brad Nortman ran out a time with an conscious safety.
Detractors will substantially find ways to poke holes in this performance, like crediting a invulnerability for recuperating all those Washington fumbles. But there have been copiousness of times Newton’s done implausible plays that have seemed disciplined on a stat sheet; it’s usually satisfactory he get full credit for holding advantage of a opportunities he got.
After Sunday, Newton’s touchdown-to-interception ratio will urge to 20-9, finally above a sorcery 2-1 mark. His passer rating for Sunday was 123.3, per ESPN.com; it’s a fourth true alleviation of 10 points or some-more given his 59.2 rating opposite a Philadelphia Eagles in Week 7.
His 2015 stats won’t compare those of high-volume, hyper-efficient triggermen such as Tom Brady and Carson Palmer, though they won’t be a stumbling retard for his MVP candidacy anymore.
As Newton’s numbers continue to improve, even a many fervent statheads won’t be means to repudiate he’s a violence heart of a undefeated Panthers (10-0)—and even a many pious, pearl-clutching poindexters will have to concur Newton’s fun-loving proceed to a diversion is an asset, not a sin.
“Keep your personality,” Panthers conduct manager Ron Rivera told Newton and a group before a game, according to a Associated Press’ Bob Leverone (via the New York Times). “Play with energy, though say your focus.”
The Carolina Panthers will go as distant as Newton can take them—and a discerning peek during a Panthers’ remaining report reveals that if he keeps his focus, he could do something even Brady’s never done: go 19-0.