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Newton completed 23-of-37 passes for 292 yards, with two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions in Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Falcons.
Newton played poorly through three quarters, leading Carolina to just three points, but turned things around late, tossing both of his touchdowns in the fourth period. He had the ball with no timeouts in the closing seconds, and completed a couple of passes to set up the potential game-winning field goal, but the long kick was blocked. He looked gimpy again at several points Sunday, so next week's bye comes at a good time for him and the Panthers.
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Newton completed 25-of-40 passes for 306 yards, with two touchdowns, three interceptions and a lost fumble in Monday's 45-21 loss to the Eagles. He gained six yards on just two carries.
Newton and the Carolina offensive line were both terrible, and Newton even looked a bit gimpy. He's seemingly still bothered by his surgically-repaired ankle, or else another lower-body injury. He was sacked nine times in Monday's game, and while the offensive line was largely responsible, Newton did a poor job of navigating the pocket. There weren't many positives until garbage time, when Newton connected with Kelvin Benjamin for touchdowns of 20 and 40 yards on consecutive possessions. The Panthers oddly left their starters in for the entire game, even with Newton appearing to be a bit limited in his mobility. Though largely a disaster in recent weeks, the Carolina offense does draw a fantastic matchup with the Falcons in Week 11.
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Newton rushed for 43 yards and a touchdown on seven carries in Thursday's 28-10 loss to the Saints, but he completed just 10-of-28 passes for 151 yards, with no touchdowns and an interception.
The interception wasn't at all Newton's fault, as the ball bounced off the hands of an open Brenton Bersin in the second quarter. However, the quarterback later lost a fumble inside his own five-yard line while scrambling around on a 3rd-and-9. It was just one of Newton's many mistakes, as he misfired on countless passes, often overthrowing his receivers. Per usual, he didn't get much help from the players around him, with the offensive line and Kelvin Benjamin both struggling, while Greg Olsen surprisingly only drew four targets. The Newton-to-Benjamin connection has been especially frustrating this season, as their respectable statistics could be far better if not for a slew of missed opportunities. There were two near-touchdowns on deep slants during Thursday's game, but Benjamin dropped the first on a ball that could have been thrown better, and Newton sailed the second too high. The only thing that really worked for Carolina was Newton's scrambling, which was a complete non-factor against Seattle on Sunday. While Newton's 43 carries over the last four games are perhaps encouraging for fantasy owners, the wheels seem to be completely coming off for a Carolina offense that was shaky early in the season. Newton is trying to carry a weak group, and his passing hasn't been nearly good enough to do that over the last three games.
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Newton finished Sunday's loss to the Seahawks with 171 yards and one interception on 12-of-22 passing. He also had 12 carries for 24 yards and one lost fumble.
Newton struggled against the Seahawks' stingy defense, setting season-lows in completions, attempts and passing yards Sunday. Additionally, Newton's streak of 14 straight games with at least one touchdown pass was snapped. The Panthers' signal-caller also threw an interception for the fourth straight game and fumbled an exchange to deny Carolina a scoring opportunity. Overall, Newton experienced a rough outing that he'll look to rebound from this Thursday against the division-rival Saints.
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Newton completed 17-of-31 passes for 205 yards, one interception and one touchdown in Sunday's blowout loss to the Packers. He also added 41 rushing yards on seven carries.
Newton's performance was fairly modest Sunday, especially when compared to last weekend's breakout display of over 375 total yards. The Panthers' signal-caller's 205 passing yards represented his second-lowest mark of this season, but with a fourth-quarter touchdown pass Sunday, Newton continued his streak of 14 straight games with a throwing score. Additionally, his 41 rushing yards landed in the range that Newton averaged on the ground through his first three seasons, evidencing his return to health. Looking ahead, Newton faces a banged-up Seahawks' secondary at home in Week 8.
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Newton connected on 29-of-46 passes for 284 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's overtime tie with the Bengals. He also led the Panthers with a career-high 17 rushes for 107 yards and another score.
Newton was sensational Sunday, as his 29 completions and 284 passing yards both set season-highs. However, most notably, in light of an ineffective running back committee, the Panthers brought back the zone-read Sunday. That allowed Newton to remind fantasy owners of his dynamic dual threat ability, as he topped the 100-yard mark on the ground and also scored his first rushing touchdown in nine games. In doing so, Newton showed no limitations from his March ankle surgery, which along with an earlier ribs ailment, capped Newton to just 42 rushing yards before Sunday's breakthrough. Overall, Newton enjoyed by far his best performance of 2014 and his return to running the ball serves as an especially intriguing development for fantasy owners.
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Newton completed 19-of-35 passes for 255 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Bears.
Newton also added nine rushing yards on six carries. The Panthers' quarterback wasn't particularly accurate Sunday, but his average of over 13 yards per completion helped the Carolina move the chains, as 15 of the team's 22 first-downs came via the air. Additionally, Sunday marked Newton's first multi-touchdown game of this season, although his interception went with a lost fumble to account for multiple turnovers as well. Through his first four games, Newton has rushed for only 42 yards, evidencing the impact his offseason ankle surgery and preseason ribs injury has had on the Panthers' play-calling. Without being a dynamic dual-threat thus far, Newton's fantasy production has been somewhat limited compared to years past. Furthermore, a tough matchup at the Bengals looms in Week 6.
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Newton completed 14-of-25 passes for 197 yards and one touchdown Sunday against the Ravens.
Newton also rushed two times for seven yards. The Panthers' quarterback was constantly under pressure Sunday, since a brutal Carolina running game that averaged only 2.6 yards per carry did little to keep Baltimore's defense honest. As a result, 16 of Carolina's 20 first downs Sunday came from passing, although Newton fell just short of 200 yards on the day. With the Panthers enduring a plethora of backfield injuries already, Newton may have to continue to compensate through the air for Carolina to move the ball consistently. While Newton has yet to turn the ball over this season, he also has not posted a multi-touchdown game through three outings. Newton will look toward next week's matchup versus the Bears to break that streak.
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Newton completed 24-of-35 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-19 loss to the Steelers. He also lost a fumble and ran for seven yards on two carries.
Newton made some nice throws to pile up yardage, but he struggled on third downs, and the Panthers had just 42 yards on eight rushing attempts as a team. Newton was favoring his surgically-repaired left ankle in the fourth quarter, and was then replaced by Derek Anderson for the team's final meaningless drive, which concluded with a touchdown pass to rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin. While the 6-5 rookie is off to a fast start, the Carolina offensive line doesn't look good, nor do the team's other wide receivers. Newton should be able to get by with his arm by heavily relying on Benjamin and TE Greg Olsen, but it'll be a major concern for fantasy owners if the lingering ankle issue saps some of Newton's ability to run. The Panthers' QB has just six rushing attempts for 26 yards through two games.
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Newton (ribs) didn't appear on the Panthers' injury report Wednesday, the team's official site reports.
While Newton's healing ribs aren't hindering his practice participation, owners should keep an eye on his game play in the coming weeks to ensure the ailment is behind him. In his debut Sunday versus the Lions, he was crisp, completing 22-of-34 passes for 281 yards and one touchdown, while dashing on four occasions for 19 yards. No matter, he may find the going tough this coming Sunday against the Steelers' seventh-ranked pass defense, which has allowed 186 yards per game through two outings.