Cam Newton has been instrumental in Carolina Panthers’ perfect 14-0 record this season. While leading all quarterbacks with a total of 40 touchdowns, Newton has pretty much ended the NFL MVP debate.
Newton’s tally of 40 touchdowns (passing, rushing and receiving) is only two more than the numbers Tom Brady is putting up, but Panthers’ undefeated streak has titled the MVP votes in Newton’s favor.
Any lingering doubts about Newton’s ability to deliver in pressure-cooker situations were put to rest on Sunday night when the quarterback made a spectacular, final-minute drive to pull out a thrilling 38-35 victory over the New York Giants. It seemed like the Panthers were on the verge of an epic collapse when Newton held his composure and delivered when it truly mattered.
On Sunday, Cam Newton became the first player in NFL history to register at least 340 passing yards and 100 rushing yards in the same game. It was the third game this season when Newton threw at least five TD passes, joining the likes of Peyton Manning (4 in 2004), Tom Brady (3 in 2007), Drew Brees (3 in 2011) and Daunte Culpepper (3 in 2004).
Cam Newton’s career progression has been impressive. Since his rookie season in 2011, Newton’s tally of 155 touchdowns trails only Drew Brees (193), Aaron Rodgers (176), and Tom Brady (176). For a young man still hitting his peak, Newton is already in pretty good company. Also, Newton’s 40 rushing TDs over the last five seasons rank behind only Marshawn Lynch (51), and Adrian Peterson (43).
Through Newton’s exploits, Panthers have shocked the world by becoming only the fourth team in NFL history to start 14-0, joining the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the 2007 New England Patriots and the 2009 Indianapolis Colts.