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Cam Newton: Panthers Quarterback Won't Build off Impressive Week 4

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after 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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Mike MoraitisAnalyst IOctober 5, 2012

Cam Newton is coming off a Week 4 performance that was his best all-around game of the season so far, but don't expect it to be the start of big things for the Carolina Panthers' quarterback moving forward just yet.

In Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons, Newton was 15-of-24 for 215 yards and two touchdowns through the air, while compiling 86 yards on nine carries and a touchdown.

Most importantly, Newton didn't throw a single interception in the game, but he did fumble twice without losing the rock. Still, he didn't turn the ball over once, something that has become unusual for the 23-year-old this season.

So will Newton continue his success from one week ago against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 5?

Seattle's defense is superior to Atlanta's. Sure, each team's pass defense is comparable, but the Falcons' rush defense is ranked No. 29, while the Seahawks' rush defense is ranked No. 2.

Carolina won't have anywhere near the amount of success it had on the ground last week against a worse rush defense in Atlanta. Seattle will have no problem shutting down anything Carolina tries on the ground, taking away a huge part of the Panthers' offense, making them one-dimensional.

And Newton won't be gaining close to 90 yards on the ground again like he did in Week 4.

Without a rushing attack, the Seahawks can focus strictly on stopping the pass and containing Newton in the pocket. That means Newton must win this game with his arm, something that has proven to be a dangerous equation for victory this season.

In two games where Newton has thrown 30 passes or more this season, the Panthers' signal-caller has thrown a combined total of five interceptions. If Carolina abandons the rushing attack early, Newton will be right around that number of attempts this week.

Seattle's defense is far too talented to beat with a one-sided attack and the Seahawks will force turnovers if given extra opportunities through the air. On top of that, few teams can get to the quarterback like the Seahawks can, so Newton will be lucky to leave on his own feet, let alone as a winner.

Newton could very well rebound as the season moves along, but don't expect it to happen this week against the Seahawks.

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