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The Packers defeated the Panthers by the score of 30 to 23 in a game that went down to an onside kick recovered by Donald Driver to seal the deal. Cam Newton had his second 400 yard passing game in the loss to the Packers. Cam ended up completing 28 of 46 for 432 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.Newton also ran for 53 yards and a rushing touchdown that led to the onside kick which failed.
Cam Newton’s 854 passing yards in his first two NFL games has set a new NFL record. Todd Marinovich had the old record of 638 passing yards in his first two games. Don’t read anything into that, Cam Newton is no Marinovich on the quarterback bust chart. I am not worried at all about Cam Newton’s three interceptions against the Packers. Newton was playing against a good defense and the defending Super Bowl Champions.
The Panthers started well with a 13 point lead over the Packers before Green Bay went on a 23 point run. Cam Newton looked great early but started to fade a bit as the game went along. My only real problem with Cam Newton against the Packers was that he didn’t run enough near the goal line. Newton forced two incomplete goal line throws when he may have been able to run in early in the 4th quarter.
Cam Newton impressed the heck out of me by completing a big play to LaFell after limping around bad enough that Anderson was warming up. And Brandon LaFell has arrived as a legitimate second receiver to Steve Smith. Smith had another good game with six catches for 156 yards but he had a costly fumble and was distracted by a verbal altercation with fans from the sidelines.
Jonathan Stewart really stepped up and was running hard though mostly on receptions as the Panthers never did get their running game in gear. The Panthers do not have any quit in them and once they get their red zone offense straightened out they will start winning games. I was very impressed with Charles “Big Money” Johnson and James Anderson on defense as both men had a good game against the Packers.
Charles Woodson of the Packers had a great day with two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Aaron Rodgers has his typical day but the Panthers defense played well at times and I was impressed with the hitting by the secondary. Rodgers ended up completing 19 of 30 for 308 yards and two scores. Rodgers completed a 84 yard touchdown pass to Nelson to help end the Panthers comeback hopes in the 4th quarter.
I was worried about Randall Cobb but the Panthers special teams held him in check on returns. The Panthers are on their way to being a pretty good team and we now know Cam Newton is not a bust. Things are looking up for the rest of the 2011 season for Cam Newton and the Panthers.