September 16, 2012
What a difference a week made for Cam Newton.
After laying an egg in the season-opening loss at Tampa Bay, Newton and his Carolina Panthers had a big bounce back in Sunday’s 35-27 victory against the Saints.
The second-year quarterback was super efficient, completing 14-of-20 passes for 253 yards and a TD, with a 129.2 passer rating.
But even better, the Panthers revived a potent rushing attack that by design sets up the windows for Newton in the passing game.
Carolina rushed for 219 yards, with Newton collecting 40 of his 71 yards on one breathtaking run in the first quarter.
Last week, the Panthers tied a franchise low with 10 rushing yards.
“Execution,” Newton says. “That’s all it comes down to. If we can’t execute, we’re going to stall week in and week out. We’ve got to keep the ball moving and stay out of those third-and-long and second-and-long situations.”
This game was pretty much won on first down for Carolina, which signaled such an intent on its first snap — a 27-yard completion to Brandon LaFell (6 catches, 90 yards).
Newton’s long run came on a first down. So did the 17-yard TD catch by Jonathan Stewart on a screen. LaFell’s 25-yard scamper on a reverse was also a first-down call, as was DeAngelo Williams’ 27-yard run and the 66-yard pass to Steve Smith.
The first downs undoubtedly boosted the unit’s confidence, while Panthers defense (2 INTs, 1 sack, many hits and hurries) kept the heat on Drew Brees.
Was this the most complete victory for Newton with the Panthers?
“No,” he said. “I think our complete game is still out there. We left a lot of yards and a lot of points on that field, offensively. We’ve got to get better.”
Still, it’s evident what a strong rushing attack means to the equation. Stewart, who missed the opener with an ankle injury, rushed 11 times for 51 yards. Williams gained 69 yards on 14 carries.
The Saints’ worst-ranked defense never had an answer for Carolina’s zone-read option runs, which when they are clicking sets up the play-action passes and typically forces defenses to keep eight in the box.
Newton said the long throw to Smith, who was left wide open along the right sideline as he streaked upfield on a wheel route, was set up by the zone read runs as the defense tried to double an inside post route after the play-fake.
“I was as shocked as you guys were,” Newton said of Smith. “For (anybody) on the field to be wide open, I think Smitty would be the last person left open, but that’s what type of pressure zone-read gives us.”
Now it’s a short week, with the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants and their deep defensive line coming for Thursday night’s game.
Says Newton, “Every single game moving forward is most important.”
The formula is shaping up. Good defense, a consistent rushing game and a quarterback who doesn’t throw picks.
In his seven career victories as Carolina quarterback, Newton has zero INTs.
Cam Newton was born on May 11th, 1989 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam_Newton
May 11th, 1989
5 + 11 +1+9+8+9 = 43 = his life lesson = Congratulations. Celebrating. Having fun. Enjoying himself. Fun times.
May 11th, 1989
5 + 11 +2+0+1+2 = 21= his personal year (from May 11th, 2012 to May 10th, 2013) = On the world stage. For all the world to see. Seeing the big picture.
21 year + 11 (November) = 31 = his personal month (from November 11th, 2012 to December 10th, 2012) = In it to win it. Blockbuster success. A great American.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
314 555265 36
his path of destiny = Maximum output. Hitting you like a ton of bricks.
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