Newton’s 16-Game Run: 31 TDs, 11 INTsOctober 23rd, 2013
Joe’s made the point several times that while Mike Glennon looks like a good prospect, he’s the worst QB talent in the NFC South and that’s not a recipe for a Super Bowl victory.
It’s a painful reality, and one that’s somewhat unique to the Bucs’ division. Last week, Matt Ryan showed he could carve up a solid Bucs defense despite a seriously depleted receiving corps, a backup running back and Tony Gonzalez having an off day.
Tomorrow night, surging Cam Newton comes to the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway on a roll. CBS Sports radio in Charlotte penned a piece on Newton’s growth that delivers telling numbers.
Both Charley Casserly and Boomer Esiason have mentioned the change in Cam and how he is not forcing the ball downfield anymore. If you take a look at Cam’s last 16 games, his numbers would make for a good season. A 9-7 record, 60 percent completions, 3800 yards, 31 total TDs, only 11 interceptions and a QB Rating of 92.
And, this season is shaping up to be a big one too for Cam. His QB rating of 95 and his current completion percentage of 64 would be career highs. And, he is on the verge of being over .500 for the first time ever in the NFL.
It is a different version of Newton coming to face the Bucs. The Panthers’ offense has become diverse, with Newton running less, and excellent on third down, 34-of-74. The Bucs, in contrast, are 34-of-93 on third down.
This is a brutally tough game for Tampa Bay. They’ve got to find a way to move the chains against a ferocious defense; Giving Carolina field position could be lethal. In addition to their emerging offense, Panthers kicker Graham Gano is perfect in three tries from 50+ yards this season.