Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton completed 11 of 22 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns, and added 51 rushing yards on 12 carries Sunday in Tampa Bay.
Newton wasn't very accurate throwing the ball, but led the Panthers in both carries and rushing yards. Both of his touchdowns came on drives where the Panthers got a short field thanks to Jameis Winston interceptions, thus sweetening an otherwise ugly-looking passing stat line. Newton's dual-threat ability as both a rusher and a passer gives him a myriad of ways to accrue value every week, so an isolated poor performance in one of those two facets is no cause for concern.
Carolina Panthers featured back Jonathan Stewart (leg) is listed as probable for the Week 4 clash against Tampa Bay.
After missing the previous two practices, Stewart returned as a full participant Friday. He should be fine to lead the Carolina backfield, but his upside is limited by his lack of contribution in the passing game, not to mention the ample competition for goal-line carries from quarterback Cam Newton and fullback Mike Tolbert.
Newton collected his highest passing-yardage total since Week 2 of the 2011 season. Coming into Week 3 action, he had the second-lowest completion percentage and fourth lowest quarterback rating in the league. In those games, tight end Greg Olsen had a total of seven catches for 81 yards. On Sunday, Olsen had eight grabs for 134 yards.
With limited weapons on the outside in the absence of Kelvin Benjamin, expect Newton's effectiveness as a passer to be tied to the success of his tight end.
While he failed to top 200 yards through the air for the second straight game, Newton came through for his fantasy owners with a strong contribution in the ground game and a pair of long touchdown passes.
It is evident that the Panthers plan to run Newton more than the 7.4 times per game he averaged last season, and Sunday showed the type of fantasy return he is capable of providing even with mediocre passing yardage totals. Next up for the Panthers is a divisional showdown in Week 3, when the struggling Saints come to town.
Newton completed 18 of 31 passes for 175 yards and one touchdown and added an interception. His 7-yard scoring strike to Jerricho Cotchery early in the second quarter put Carolina ahead to stay.
He did not run the ball effectively, though. Newton was held to just 35 yards on 14 carries.
He will try to lead Carolina to another win next Sunday against the Texans.
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