By The Carolina Wild
QB Cam Newton’s Carolina Panthers fall to 1-4 after losing to the now 3-2 Seattle Seahawks Sunday 16-12.
Rookie QB Russell Wilson, who (before Sunday’s game) led the league’s worth offense to North Carolina, a state he once played in at NC State.
There’s been plenty of talk about Newton since his record-breaking rookie season a year ago, but there’s also been talk about a sophomore slump. Is Newton going through a slump?
Let’s take a look at just a few numbers without really digging into it – that’s for another time.
Through five games last year, Newtown had thrown nine touchdowns and had only given up three interceptions. This season, through week five, Newton’s only thrown four touchdowns and given up five interceptions. Compare his quarterback rating of 99.3 last year to 87.5 this year and it’s not hard to see.
However, Cam has thrown for more yards this season, which might be explained by the number of “explosive” plays from the line this season we’ve seen from guys like WR’s Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell.
What’s going on with Newton?
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Newton was 12-for-29 with 141 yards. That’s it, nothing more. Newton had plenty of errant passes, but he can think the stone hands of today’s tailbacks, too.
RB Jonathan Stewart caught 2-of-4 passes thrown his way and RB DeAngleo Williams was targeted twice without a single reception. Stewart and Williams both had miserable days rushing the ball with four carries for 16 yards and six carries for six yards, respectively.
Newton, Stewart and Williams all fumbled the ball Sunday.
LaFell was targeted three times and had three receptions for 44 yards. Smith on the other hand, was targeted 13 times with four receptions for 40 yards.
Newton seemed to have some sort of beef with TE Greg Olsen who wasn’t targeted until the fourth quarter. He was targeted three time with two receptions for 37 yards.
There were some bright spots for Newton and this offense in the fourth quarter, though. Sadly, Newton’s fourth-down pass to TE Ben Hartsock was in the dirt and his fumble late in the game cost the Panthers a chance at a decent comeback.
But, it’s a little early to doom Newton to a season of failure, but I’m not too optimistic. Here we are, five games into the season – heading into the bye week – and looking at a 1-4 record.
Today, the Panthers defense looked about as stellar as it has all season.
CB Captain Munnerlyn’s 33-yard interception return for a touchdown was the biggest highlight of the day for the Panthers’ defense.
Other bright spots on defense included LB Luke Kuechly’s 11 tackles on the day (along with and interception), LB Thomas Davis’ six tackles and a sack as well as another sack from DE Antwan Applewhite.
Is it too early to call it a season? Yes.
But we’re not far from that point.
I’m tired – like plenty of other Panthers fans – of watching the horrible play-calling coming from upstairs. We’ve seen this movie before and we’re tired of it.
Let’s just hope the Panthers can regroup during the bye week this coming week.