In Week 8, the
So the matchup really isn't the concern for
Of course, the Packers have allowed the lowest quarterback rating of any team this season, so maybe Newton is more the quarterback we saw two weeks ago than not. Unlike Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard, I'd have him in my top 12 for this week, but just barely.
"If the play is called for me to read it to Richard’s side, by all means I’m going to do it," Newton said, per ESPN. "And I’m going to give each and every receiver an opportunity to make plays. I’m not going to force it. I’m not going to be an idiot. I’m going to do a great job of protecting the football and be aggressively patient in taking what the defense gives me."
Sherman will likely draw rookie receiver
"You can tell he loves the game," Benjamin said. "He brings the passion to it. He has fun. He talks a lot of smack out there, but this is football. I’m just going to come out there and match his intensity; play fast and be sound in all my assignments."
Newton was intercepted by Casey Hayward late in the third quarter before bouncing back with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin in the fourth quarter. With the game well out of hand in the fourth quarter, Newton was subbed out for
Newton compiled 205 passing yards while completing 17 of 31 passes. He threw for a touchdown and was intercepted once, registering a 72.6 passer rating. He was sacked three times and rushed for 41 yards on seven carries in a 38-17 defeat.
Newton and the Panthers will look to get back on track Week 8 at home against Seattle.
Ron Rivera has proclaimed to the team website that
Newton ranks in the middle of the pack among NFL quarterbacks in several statistical categories, but he is on the best pace of his career in passing yards and near his best in touchdowns and completion percentage.
Working his way back from offseason ankle surgery,
With that weapon again at his disposal, suddenly his passing numbers are looking pretty good. He threw for another two scores -- his second straight game with that many -- and a season-high 284 yards. He has thrown for at least 250 yards in four of his first five games.
As arguably the most productive dual-threat quarterback in the game (apologies to Russell Wilson), Newton is a must-start in Fantasy when he's right, and he certainly appears to be right with a 7-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio and now a 100-yard game to his credit. Time to get him active for what could be a shootout Week 7 at Green Bay.
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