Carolina Panthers, Cam Newton
Cam Newton has had a major roller coaster of a season, and the Carolina Panthers won their way into playoffs in Week 17 with a dominant victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
The Panthers have played extremely inconsistent all season long, and ended up being very lucky that both the Falcons and New Orleans Saints were just as inconsistent with their play. Newton had to get used to losing his top receiving options last year in free agency, and he now has Kelvin Benjamin as his number one target.
Carolina has all of the pieces to make a run in the playoffs, but they need Newton to play at a high level. He finished the regular season with 3,127 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. Those numbers aren’t too impressive, but they definitely picked up as the season moved forward.
It will be very intriguing to see how the Panthers come out at home against the Arizona Cardinals now that they are back to playing quality football. Newton will be who decides Carolina’s fate this year, and he is ready for the challenge.
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