Cam Newton continues growing up right in front of our eyes, and it has been quite the magical run for the Carolina Panthers because of it. After defeating the New England Patriots Monday night, the Panthers laid claim to their sixth straight victory, and the craziest moment that occurred wasn’t the no call penalty in the end zone. It was the fact that Newton was more clutch on the Panthers’ final drive than Tom Brady was at the end of the game. If the pass interference penalty was called and Brady got another chance then maybe the outcome would have been different, but that’s not the case and last night’s hero was Cam, not Brady.
Now when it comes to NFL MVP, obviously Peyton Manning should continue headlining most everyone’s ballots, but after last night and how Newton has the Panthers currently playing, Cam should slowly but surely be climbing up those same ballots. If it wasn’t for Cam, Carolina would likely be competing for the first overall pick in next April’s NFL Draft. Instead, they are the current front-runner for a Wild Card spot in this year’s playoffs.
Newton played well in his first two seasons in the league, but this season has been Cam’s best which should make all fans of Carolina and the Panthers’ front office very excited for the future.
Newton and the Panthers’ next true test will come in three weeks when they face Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints on the road. If the Panthers are able to defeat the Saints and Newton outplays Brees in New Orleans, it may be an even bigger story than Cam beating Brady last night at home. Until then, we should all just sit back and enjoy the maturation of Cam and the solid play of the Panthers.
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