Reflecting on Cam Newton's first win

September, 26, 2011
9/26/11
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There’s a perception out there that Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton didn’t have a very good game Sunday. It just goes to show how much Newton spoiled us by throwing for over 400 yards in each of his first two NFL starts.

Newton completed 18 of 34 passes (52.9 percent) for 158 yards and one touchdown. Those numbers are far from great, but you have to put them into context to understand how Newton really fared against Jacksonville.

First and foremost, the Panthers won and that’s what matters most. Second, much of the game was played in heavy rain and no quarterback was going to have a great day in those conditions.

But here’s the best thing about Newton’s performance Sunday: Newton didn’t throw an interception and was not sacked. That’s the first time in his pro career that’s happened.

Newton was sacked four times and threw one interception in the opener. In Week 2, he threw three interceptions and was sacked four times.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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