Cam Newton added another notch to his already impressive young resume. Though, said notch was against the lowly Colts, a winless, hapless squad of nobodies that are giving up an astonishing 30 points per game, the rookie standout managed to go 20 of 27 for 208 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.
Carolina won 27-19 with two TD's from DeAngelo Williams as the Panther backfield continues to madden those that bet on Williams or Jonathan Stewart in their fantasy drafts and now can't decide if either is worth a start.
But if you're doing the math, you know that there was one more touchdown to account for and that was Newton's, a 14 yard scramble in the second quarter. That makes his tenth rushing touchdown on the year, just two off Patriot fan-favorite Steve Grogan's NFL record of 12 for a quarterback in a single season set in 1976.
But Newton can't forsake that massive howitzer attached to his right shoulder. That he can lead a team to victory without throwing a touchdown is a feat beyond his years. However, that it was against the Colts—with a point total below the defense's season average—is a feat worth raising eyebrows about.
Not to mention, last week he rushed for two TDs against the Lions, and their "Wait, are they good?" defense, yet Newton threw four picks in a 35-49 smoking shoot-out loss.
The Panthers aren't going anywhere past December. Make the kid learn. Because once teams don't have to respect the arm anymore, the spies will begin settling in and that's when the party starts to end.
Right now Newton is for all intents "new" to the NFL. Teams don't know how to play him quite yet.
But once they start to figure out how to trip him up passing, those scrambling legs will be a nice to have, while an arm will be a need to have. Just ask (a healthy) Mike Vick.