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Cam Newton: Is Panthers' QB Overrated or Victim of Bad Weather?

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 25:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers watches on against the Jacksonville Jaguars during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Matt KingFeatured ColumnistSeptember 25, 2011

Cam Newton absolutely set the NFL on fire the first two games of this young season. 850 yards and three TDs in the air, along with another two on the ground, was quite possibly the most impressive two-game stretch we have ever seen from a rookie QB to start their career.

Unfortunately, he came back to earth this week. Hard.

Against the very pedestrian Jacksonville Jaguars, Cam completed roughly half his passes for just over 150 yards. His one touchdown came with four minutes to go in the game. Of course, it did put the Carolina up to win the game, so it was a big touchdown, but that's far from the super stats he had been putting up.

Let's not gloss over the fact that the weather during the game was atrocious. There are few quarterbacks in this league who can put up big numbers in the rain. But how much did it actually matter?

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Cam is not overrated and that the weather played a huge part in his down day. Newton still brought his team back for the win and made the big play when it mattered. He did enough to win, and that's the mark of a great QB. Panthers fans will take a win with bad stats over a loss with great stats any day.

Just watch. Next week, Newton will come out, blow everybody away and the Panthers will lose again. We'll all say that Cam is back, but in the end, all that really matters is winning the game.

Once he can start doing both is when I'll start crowning him as the next big thing in the NFL.

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