NFC South: 2013 Week 3 QB Watch

QB Watch: Buccaneers' Josh Freeman

September, 25, 2013
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A weekly analysis of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quarterback play.

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Rewind: Josh Freeman had his third straight game in which he completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes in a 23-3 loss to the New England Patriots. Freeman completed 19-of-41 passes (46.3 percent) with no touchdowns and one interception. Freeman was sacked three times and had four catchable passes hit the ground.

Fast-forward: New Orleans’ Drew Brees threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns against the Arizona defense on Sunday. But let’s keep in mind that the Bucs don't have anything close to Brees.

The Freeman era is over. Freeman will be benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon for Sunday's game with Arizona, according to Adam Schefter. This is further proof that the reported rift between Freeman and coach Greg Schiano was very real. Glennon was drafted by Schiano and Freeman was not.

Prediction: The best thing the Bucs can do for themselves and Freeman is to trade the guy who once was viewed as a franchise quarterback. It's too late for Freeman and Schiano to patch up their differences and the Bucs have to move forward with Glennon.

QB Watch: Panthers' Cam Newton

September, 25, 2013
9/25/13
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A weekly examination of the Panthers' quarterback play.

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Rewind: Cam Newton may have had better games statistically, but none in which he had more complete command of his game. He wasn't perfect. The first-half interception that should have been returned for a touchdown, in his words, was "senseless." But instead of going to the sideline and sulking as he has done in the past, he got mad -- at himself. On the next five drives he led the Panthers to a field goal and four touchdowns. After starting 0-for-5 on passes of 15 yards or more, he connected on five straight, three for touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown. Left tackle Jordan Gross summed it up best: "When he's hot, we're hot." Newton was hot.

Fast-forward: A week ago, Newton opened his Wednesday media availability with a statement, something he'd never done. He wanted to say how impressed he was with the tempo and enthusiasm in practice after a tough loss to Buffalo. That's the kind of leadership the Panthers need from Newton.

Key moment: On the third play of Carolina's second possession, Newton scrambled 14 yards for a first down. From that moment on, the Giants were completely off balance. The Panthers need Newton to run to maximize their effectiveness. Newton needs that kind of early involvement to get into a rhythm.

Prediction: Nothing to predict during the bye week, but if you remember last week I predicted Newton would rush for a touchdown and have more than 40 yards on the ground. He scored on a 3-yard run and rushed for 45 yards. Good way to go into an off weekend.

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