I would love to put the Indianapolis Colts here even before their Monday night game tonight against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but I’ll leave the trophy on this weeks shelf Mr. Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Once again another superb performance by the cool, calm and composed rookie who completed 27 of 46 passes for 374 yards and one touchdown while also rushing for a couple of goal line touchdowns.
But like most disappoints, this performance has a sad ending. The panthers outgained the bears in total yards 543 to 317 to no avail. Costly mistakes by Newton(an INT returned for a touchdown in the first quarter by D.J. Moore ), the special teams(Devin Hester ‘s NFL record tying 11th punt return for a touchdown) and a consistently poor run defense that allowed Matt Forte to shred them apart for 205 yards is what undoubtedly cost the Panthers a much needed win for the frustrated rookie Newton.
“I play the game and I want to win every single game I play,” said Newton, who sat by his locker for an extended period with a towel on his head. “Obviously, it hurts when I lose, but it’s not just me. We have guys on your team that you know they have given it all they got. For me, to some degree, I felt like I let some teammates down. But just to look into those guys eyes each and every play and to know those guys are battling, it just works wonders for our whole team and its chemistry.”
Let’s hope next week’s match-up against the New Orleans Saints can be a bit different against their spotty pass defense. This is a must-win game for the increasingly flustered rookie in need of some support.