Sunday, December 25, 2011
Cam Newton by the numbers
By Pat Yasinskas
With some help from ESPN Stats & Information, let’s take a look back at the big day Carolina quarterback Cam Newton had in Saturday’s 48-16 victory against Tampa Bay.
- Newton threw for 171 yards and now holds the rookie record for passing yards with 3,893. He’s got another game left (at New Orleans on Jan. 1), so a 4,000-yard season is not out of the question. Peyton Manning set the previous record (3,739 yards) in 1998. Oh, by the way, Newton also has rushed for 612 more yards than Manning rushed for as a rookie.
- Newton threw three touchdown passes against the Bucs. He has 20 for the season. He is one of just five rookies in NFL history to throw for 20 touchdowns in a season. The record is 26, set by Manning.
- Newton now has 14 rushing touchdowns this season. That’s the most ever by any quarterback.
- With help from Minnesota’s Christian Ponder and Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton on Saturday, Newton has helped this year’s group of rookie quarterbacks combine for 22 victories. That ties the record set in 2008, when Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco were lighting it up as rookies.