Cam Going Ham: Newton Gets Second Win

Updated: October 24, 2011

(Bob Leverone/AP)

While most of sports media is going to go crazy over another young quarterback, we are going to spotlight the guy that deserves the most credit for silencing his critics: Cameron Newton.

Many questioned if Cam could play on the NFL level. The openly questioned if his accuracy was enough, if he would stay in the pocket, if he could run on NFL linebackers, and all in all if he would spark this Carolina team. The answer to all those questions is YES. Cam has done nothing shortly of truly amazing, passing for over 400 in almost every contest (breaking Peyton’s rookie record in the process) and keeping Carolina in every game. He is doing all of this with Legadew Nene as one of his starting receivers.

He completed 18-of-23 passes for 256 yards and a touchdown. That was his second highest yards-per-attempt average and his highest completion percentage of the year. Newton rushed for 59 yards, including a 25-yard run and a 16-yard touchdown. He held the ball for 14 seconds on the long run. He didn’t have a turnover.

Newton did it all against the best defense he’s seen this year. Jim Haslett’s Redskins threw a lot of blitzes at him, and four got home for sacks in the first half. A few were huge hits. Newton and the offensive line adjusted in the second half.


While he is getting the credit but not the hype, Cam Newton is quietly becoming a weapon. The NFL is going to have a hard problem shutting down Cam Newton once he gets a half decent group of receivers on the other side of Steve Smith. It is not even out the question that Cam could be the first QB to pass for 4000 yards and rush for 20 tds. Think about that.