Seattle has held Cam Newton to one touchdown in three games since 2012. What has been the key to that?
Seahawks beat writer Terry Blount: Newton shouldn't feel too bad. The Seahawks have made a lot of very good QBs look bad the past couple of years -- Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl and Aaron Rodgers this year in the season opener, to name two. But the biggest thing is they've done what I'm sure the Panthers want to do to Russell Wilson -- cut off his running lanes and force Newton to beat them throwing. Newton had 12 carries for only 24 yards in the game at Charlotte earlier this season. Forcing any QB to beat them just by passing is a chore against the No. 1 pass defense in the NFL, which has three Pro Bowlers in Chancellor, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas.
Newton has averaged 146 passing yards and 35 rushing yards in his last three games against Seattle. He has thrown one touchdown pass and one interception (total) in those three games. Daily fantasy players should look elsewhere for a strong quarterback play.
Just two weeks after walking away from a massive car accident in Charlotte and sustaining a pair of transverse process fractures in his back, the Pro Bowl quarterback will return to the field against the Browns in a make-or-break game at Bank of America Stadium, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday, per team sources.
The fourth-year signal-caller cleared the final medical hurdle on Saturday, per Rapoport. Newton is playing with an injury similar to that of Tony Romo, which means there will be some degree of pain management. Newton's mobility may be impacted a bit, especially if Mike Pettine loads the box and forces Newton to throw.
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Panthers QB Cam Newton (back, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 16. Newton will return against the Browns, who are #3 in QB aFPA. He is currently our #14 QB for Week 16 due to the bad matchup and potential re-injury risk.
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Newton is on track to return against the Browns, who are #3 in QB aFPA. He is currently our #14 QB for Week 16.
Panthers beat writer Steve Reed: Cam Newton getting the bulk of first-team reps today at practice during the session that was open to the media... Looking more and more like Cam Newton will start against the Browns based off what I saw at practice today.
It appears that Newton is on track to face the Browns, who are #3 in QB aFPA.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm
Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Newton might be able to play against Cleveland this week if his back responds well to practice.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera indicated to reporters Monday that Carolina is still feeling the situation out after Newton sustained two fractures in his lower back in a car accident last week. Rivera said the decision will come down to a coaching decision on whether Newton puts himself at risk of a setback by taking the field against the Browns in Week 16.
"I don't want to put a guy out there that can't protect himself," Rivera said Monday, according to The Charlotte Observer. "By that it's being able to run out of the way, scramble out of the way, stay alive, keep the play alive by being able to get away. That's all part of it. That's all part of the decision that went into the first Tampa Bay game."
As the story points out, Rivera is referring to Week 1, when the Panthers kept Newton on the sidelines with a cracked rib. Derek Anderson started and won that game, then beat the Bucs a second time on Sunday. The win moved the 5-8-1 Panthers into first place in the NFC South with two games to play. Anderson would play again in Week 16 if Newton can't go.
Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm
Panthers QB Cam Newton (back, out) has been ruled out for Week 15. Newton has been released from the hospital, but he’s not going to play in Week 15. Derek Anderson will draw the start and is probably the better pocket passer. This means we don’t see this situation as a downgrade for Kelvin Benjamin or Greg Olsen. They both produced big fantasy lines in Week 1 when Anderson started against the Bucs.
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm
Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) missed practice again Thursday. Newton has been released from the hospital, and he’s not going to play in Week 15. Derek Anderson will draw the start and is probably the better pocket passer. This means that we don’t see this situation as a downgrade for Kelvin Benjamin or Greg Olsen. They both produced big fantasy lines in Week 1 when Anderson started against the Bucs.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm
Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) did not practice Wednesday. Newton has been released from the hospital after a car accident, but it’s highly doubtful that he’ll play in Week 15. Derek Anderson will draw the start and is probably the better pocket passer. This means that we don’t see this situation as a downgrade for Kelvin Benjamin or Greg Olsen. They both produced big fantasy lines in Week 1 when Anderson started against the Bucs.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered two fractures in his back when he was involved in a car crash near the team’s stadium today. Panthers spokesman Charlie Dayton said today that Newton is in fair condition and will remain hospitalized overnight.
“Cam does have two transverse process fractures in his lower back but no other internal injuries,” he said. “He’ll stay overnight but there are no more tests scheduled, and that’s it.”
PFT went on to say that two transverse process fractures is the same injury suffered by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo this season. Romo missed one game. The transverse process is a small bone that sticks out from either side of the vertebrae. According to the story, the Panthers say they are only thinking about Newton’s well-being and have not begun thinking about when he will be able to return to the field. Derek Anderson is the team's backup and in Week 15 the Panthers will face the Bucs.
From a fantasy standpoint, Anderson is a better pocket passer so he probably represents a small upgrade to Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen. Anderson started in the team's previous game against the Buccaneers (in Week 1) and threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns (one to Olsen and the other to Benjamin).
Details are few at the moment, but the crash included Newton’s car flipped over on a bridge and another involved, near the intersection close to Bank of America Stadium.
The Observer recently tweeted that Newton was smiling and conscious after the accident, obviously great news. Ambulances were on the scene and Newton was taken away on a stretcher in an around 12:50.
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 7:20pm
Maybe the offseason ankle surgery and preseason rib injury made Newton more of a complete quarterback by forcing him to stay in the pocket and go through his route progressions.
Such talk seems almost preposterous now.
Newton has followed up his successful start with the worst six-game stretch of his career, coinciding with the Panthers’ six-game losing streak, which they’ll try to snap Sunday at New Orleans.
Critics say Newton has reverted to bad habits from early in his career, throwing off his back foot, making poor decisions and forcing passes into coverage.
Newton has refused to blame his struggles on the blocking, or lack of it, he’s received. And though he has not been 100 percent all season, Newton also has refrained from using his health as an excuse. Outside of perhaps one game, Newton just hasn't been the same QB without the ability to run. Obviously rib and ankle injuries will continue to hinder Newton's fantasy upside.
Against Cam Newton, it was Eagles outside linebacker Connor Barwin who was tasked with tracking the quarterback's every move. He said Wednesday it's likely he could be tasked to do it again Sunday against Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.
When asked about dealing with a mobile quarterback, Barwin said, "I'm sure that the spying will be part of the game plan."
Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 9:06am
During a five-game losing streak the Panthers (3-7-1) have scored only 26 points combined in the first three quarters, an average of 5.2 points per game.
They had only three points through the first three quarters of Sunday’s 19-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, who came into the game with the worst rated pass defense in the NFL. The Panthers scored a combined 48 points in the fourth quarter, including 28 the past two weeks against Philadelphia and Atlanta.
Newton hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in the first three quarters since a 3-yarder to Kelvin Benjamin six games ago in a 37-37 tie at Cincinnati.
The story goes on to say over the last five games, Newton has no touchdowns and five interceptions in the first half. In the second half, he has five touchdowns (all in the fourth quarter) to three interceptions. Newton’s passer rating this season is 80.3, worse than every quarterback except Oakland rookie Derek Carr (76.0), Minnesota rookie Teddy Bridgewater (75.0), Jacksonville rookie Blake Bortles (72.2) and New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (65.6). With a bye in Week 12, the hope for Newton owners is he can heal and come back strong for the final stretch of the fantasy season. But owners are likely finding it tough to trust him and may have already moved on.
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