If you have been following Cam Newton’s career since his freshman year of college, you know that his road to success it has not been all smiles. He has dealt with his share of adversity on and off the field but has always seemed to find a way to prevail. Newton has continued this trend as a professional and seems to be entering legitimate MVP conversation after Sunday’s come from behind victory against the cross country rival Seahawks.
In Seattle, which is widely considered the toughest place to play in the NFL, Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers found themselves down 20-7 in the second half. The stage was set, and Superman put on his cape and did not disappoint.
Newton led the panthers on three touchdown drives, while completing 15 of 20 passes for 218 yards. On the final drive he was a perfect 6-of-6 for 89 yards and threw a perfect touchdown strike with less than a minute to go. The pass was caught by his favorite target, tight end Greg Olsen. That would prove to be the game winning touchdown and perhaps the signature win of recent memory for Cam. Possibly the signature win of his young career.
Newton went 20-of-36 for 269 yards with a touchdown, and also had two interceptions. The box score was not jaw dropping from a numbers standpoint, but Newton fought through the adversity to win the game. There’s much to be said about a signal caller getting hot when their team needs them most, the win moved the Panthers to 5-0 on the season.
By beating Seattle, they now silence critics who say they have not played anyone worth mentioning. One thing no critic of Cam can deny is that no MVP candidate has done more with less. With the loss of young receiver Kelvin Benjamin, the Panthers receiving corps is simply mediocre. Yet, with Newton under center they’ve been over achieving this year. Running back Jonathan Stewart has been good in his own right, but definitely benefits from the running ability of Newton, especially when executing the read option. Simply put.. Cam Newton is Carolina. He is the beginning and the end. That cannot be said for for any other MVP candidate. Only time will tell if Superman can continue to fly this high. What is for sure, is that the Panthers success relies squarely on the shoulders of their young signal caller.