Newton averaged 4.7 yards per attempt, his second-lowest average this season. While he ran six times for 48 yards, including an early 19-yard scramble, it was not enough to salvage his Fantasy performance. Newton's lone score came with 5:22 left when he hit Steve Smith from 17 yards out on 4th down.
Newton found himself under heavy pressure, taking five sacks. He held the ball too long as he waited for receivers to separate. At least he did not commit a turnover.
Newton should play better Week 15, when Carolina hosts the Jets.
Newton has scored at least 21 Fantasy points in three games in a row coming into this game, and the Saints just got beat up by Russell Wilson for 34 Fantasy points in Week 13. But Wilson is only the third quarterback to score at least 20 Fantasy points against New Orleans -- the other two were Jay Cutler in Week 5 and Matt Ryan in Week 1 -- including matchups with Colin Kaepernick, Tony Romo and Tom Brady since Week 6.
Newton has done well against the Saints at home with two games of 20-plus Fantasy points, but he's struggled in New Orleans with 15 points or less in two games. That said, Newton is playing at a different level than ever before in his career, and we expect him to be fine.
He might not dominate the Saints like Wilson did, but he's still worth starting in most formats. Consider Newton a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback in Week 14.
When he last faced the Buccaneers back in Week 8,
So naturally, he threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third yet again.
Granted, it wasn't a flawless performance. He also threw two interceptions -- both on errant passes, even though one hit a leaping Brandon LaFell in the hands first.Newton also overthrew a wide open LaFell on a deep pass down the middle of the field late in the second quarter.
But overall, he did far more good than harm in a 27-6 victory, completing 18 of 29 passes passes for 263 yards. He also led the team with a season-high 68 yards on five carries, including a 56-yard scamper midway through the first quarter that he might have taken all the way if a defender hadn't tripped him up from behind.
Newton has now scored multiple touchdowns in three straight games. He'll look to keep it going in a tough division matchup Week 14 at New Orleans.
Newton faces off against Tampa Bay in Week 13, and Newton had one of his four 30-plus Fantasy point performances against the Bucs in Week 8. In that game, he threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns, while running for 50 yards and another. In fact, going back to that game, Newton has three rushing touchdowns in his last five games, with 50 or more rushing yards in those three games, as well.
The downside with Newton comes when he isn't running. He hasn't thrown for 250 yards since Week 5, and has dipped under 200 passing yards in two of his last four. While it's a hard trend to gauge, the Bucs have given up a good amount of rushing yards to the three rushing quarterbacks they've faced -- Newton, Geno Smith (47 yards in Week 1), and Russell Wilson (36 yards and a touchdown in Week 9). Additionally, the Bucs have allowed an opposing quarterback to score 20 or more points in all but one game over their last seven (and that was a 19-point performance from Ryan Tannehill).
Newton has a very favorable matchup, a good game already in his pocket against the Bucs this season, and is coming into Week 13 with some momentum. He can be started in most formats.
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