Cam Newton: What Fantasy Owners Should Expect from Panthers' QB vs. Seahawks

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 1, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after tossing for a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on September 30, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Proud fantasy football owners with Cam Newton on their roster have every right to be excited about their star quarterback after his Week 4 performance against the Atlanta Falcons

But don't expect the second-year signal-caller to light up the Seattle Seahawks quite like he did the Falcons this coming weekend. 

Newton made mince meat of the Falcons' defense this past Sunday in the Georgia Dome, throwing for 215 yards and two touchdowns while running for another 86 yards and a score. Although Newton's monster effort came in a loss, all that matters to fantasy owners is that he thrived against a solid defense for four quarters. That said, don't expect him to thrive for a second straight week.

Consider yourself warned. 

The Panthers return home to Charlotte this week to host the Seahawks. Seattle is coming off a loss at St. Louis and will be extremely alert in defending last season's NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. 

Not only will Newton be unable to catch Pete Carroll's defense off guard, but he'll be taking on one of the best defensive units in all of football. Seattle ranks 10th against the pass coming into Week 5, and second in the NFL defending the run. 

Sure, Newton is an entirely different beast as an open-field runner compared to the average NFL running back, but consider this: Teams are averaging less than 63 yards on the ground per game against the Seahawks this season, while Atlanta is ranked 29th against the run and allowing more than 146 yards on the ground per week in 2012.

Suddenly Newton's huge rushing day in Week 4 seems less, huge.

In four games this season, the Seahawks have allowed just three passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns. They rank second in the NFL behind on the Houston Texans in scoring defense, surrendering just 14.5 points per week. 

Meanwhile Newton is on pace for another 4,000-plus-yard passing season, but also on pace to score seven fewer touchdowns than he did as a rookie. 

You have been warned.

Seattle is a dangerous defense this fall, and Newton has not consistently been the same player that took the league by storm in 2011. Fantasy owners should consider starting someone else at quarterback in Week 5, because Newton is facing a nightmarish matchup.

The Seahawks wrecked Tony Romo's fantasy numbers in Week 2, and gave Aaron Rodgers a similar treatment in Week 3. All indications are that they will do the same to Cam Newton in Charlotte this weekend. 


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