History doesn't favor Cam Newton
September, 2, 2011
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com
Now that we’re getting down to some real football, I’m happy that I can start interacting more with my friends at ESPN Stats & Information.
They supply some wonderful stuff, much of which you can’t get anywhere else, and we’ll lean heavily on them during the regular season. Heck, we’ll start it a little before the regular season.
Now that we know for certain Cam Newton will be the starting quarterback for the Carolina Panthers on opening day, it’s time to look at some history.
Here’s a look at quarterbacks drafted No. 1 overall (since 1966) who started a season opener and how they fared in that game.
- 2010: Sam Bradford, Loss
- 2009: Matthew Stafford, Loss
- 2002: David Carr, Win
- 1998: Peyton Manning, Loss
- 1993: Drew Bledsoe, Loss
- 1990: Jeff George, Loss
- 1989: Troy Aikman, Loss
- 1983: John Elway, Win
- 1975: Steve Bartkowski, Loss
- 1971: Jim Plunkett, Win
- 1970: Terry Bradshaw, Loss
None of the above finished the season with a winning record as a starter. In other not-so-encouraging news in this department, all rookie quarterbacks starting an opener since 1970 are a combined 10-16. But, hey, there’s one bit of good news for Carolina fans. One of those 10 wins came by Carolina with Chris Weinke in 2001.
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