Cam Newton has largely disappointed in his sophomore season after an electrifying rookie campaign that saw him shatter a host of rookie records.
Newton's sketchy play has not justified his unprecedented preseason hype, especially among fantasy football dorks. Turnovers and problems with accuracy have held the Carolina Panthers' offense back this season, however the same can be said about Jay Cutler.
Lost in an impressive defensive performance by a potentially historic Bears defense on Monday Night Football was the inept play of Jay Cutler, who managed just 150 yards on just over 3 yards per attempt en route to a phony, turnover-influenced 13-7 victory over a division rival.
Matt Stafford averaged a similarly pedestrian, yet still more productive, 4.95 yards per attempt for the Detroit Lions in defeat.
Newton, and his body language, have been the most popular target of sports talk radio hosts with Panthers GM Marty Hurney mercifully getting fired after poor personnel decisions culminated in another slow start.
Expect a desperate, re-energized Panther team, with a retooled running game and more balance on offense, to overachieve against a struggling Bears offense and quarterback on a short week in the Body Language Bowl.
Prediction: Carolina, 23-17