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Overall Game Grade- C+
While this was far from the best performance of Cam Newton's career, it was far from his worse as well.
Newton connected on 23 of his 33 attempts for 303 yards and a touchdown. On the negative side, he threw a few balls that he shouldn't have and had a couple passes intercepted.
Also, Newton gained only four yards on five rushing attempts in a game that saw the Tampa Bay Buccaneers completely shut down Cam's ground game.
For the team to succeed this season, Newton will have to lead the offense to more than ten points per game. That shouldn't be a problem for him, but if the offense struggles against the New Orleans Saints next week, Netwon will start to feel the pressure.
Fourth Quarter- B-
Cam Newton was unable to do much with the Panthers first two drives and have only had sustained success on one drive all afternoon.
Newton has thrown two interceptions and still hasn't been able to make much happen with his feet. He has also held the ball too long on two occasions, which ultimately led to sacks.
On the third drive of the quarter, Newton showed tremendous nerve in his own end zone when he took a shot after getting the ball off to Mike Tolbert who rumbled downfield for 20 yards.
After the completion to Tolbert, Newton hit Louis Murphy deep down the right sideline for fifty yards. On the next play, Newton went over 300-yards passing when he connected with Steve Smith for seven yards.
On a critical third and goal, Newton was stuffed on a run play and the Panthers were forced to bring on Justin Medlock.
Third Quarter- C-
Cam Newton led the Panthers down the field on the strength of his arm at the beginning of the third quarter for the teams' only touchdown.
On that drive, he found Steve Smith, Greg Olsen and Bradon LaFell for the touchdown.
After that, things went downhill for Newton as he threw two interceptions before the third quarter wrapped up. On each pick, Newton tried to fit the ball into too tight of a hole and paid the price for it.
Like the Panthers offense as a whole, the third quarter started great before coming to a slow halt.
Second Quarter— B-
Cam Newton went eight-for ten in the second quarter and was finally able to find Steve Smith for three connections.
He almost threw a couple interceptions, but both bad decisions turned out to be incompletions.
At this point, Newton hasn't been able to get anything done on the ground which has been perplexing.
Coming into the season, the common sentiment was that Newton had to depend on his arm more to stay healthy and continue to progress as a player.
That being said, his ability to make things happen with his legs will always be one of his strengths. Hopefully Newton will try to make something happen on the ground in the second half, in hopes of jumpstarting the Panthers offense.
On his first two and a half drives, Cam Newton went four-for-seven and only moved the chains twice .
He also wasn't able to get anything going via the run game, as the Panthers offense was stagnant on their first two drives.
While he did manage to complete passes to Louis Murphy and DeAngelo Williams to end the quarter, it wasn't enough to salvage a good grade.
The Panthers won't win this game unless Newton raises his level, something we all know that he is perfectly capable of doing.