Cam Newton‘s tenure with the Carolina Panthers has been a bit of a mixed bag. Despite numerous touchdowns and flashy plays, the third-year quarterback currently has a record of 15-22 since being drafted into the NFL in 2011. Carolina hasn’t been short on explosives during this stage though, as the Panthers showed again on Sunday what they are capable of with a convincing 35-10 victory.
The Minnesota Vikings have one of the worst defenses in the NFL, so it wasn’t too surprising to see Newton have a field day. Even still, the Panthers are now 2-3 and have their sights set on a wild card spot. For those of you chuckling about the thought of Carolina sneaking into the postseason; take one look at the Panthers’ upcoming schedule and you’ll stop laughing.
After pounding the Vikings into submission, Carolina now has a three-game stretch in which its opponents have a combined record of 4-12. If Newton and the Panthers aren’t 5-3 after Week 9 then Newton is going to be kicking himself. After these three must-wins, the Panthers will play the San Francisco 49ers, the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins back-to-back-to-back.
While head coach Ron Rivera has a knack for getting out-coached and losing games he should win, the Panthers are in prime position to at least make a postseason push late in the season if they can take advantage of a soft October schedule.