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Superman Returned To Carolina

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Superman Returned To Carolina

If the Panthers wanted to go to New England and beat the Patriots, they were going to need a superhero to help them. Lucky for Panther fans, Superman returned to Carolina as they beat the Patriots 33-30 in New England. Cam Newton contributed four total touchdowns (3 passing and one rushing), en route to a great team win over the Patriots.

Cam Is That You?

Sunday’s matchup with the number one offense and the number one defense is one that everyone was waiting on. However, for the second consecutive week, the Panthers went up against the last ranked defense in the league. Last week they got nothing going, and Cam threw three interceptions in the loss to the Saints. Be that as it may, this week Superman returned to make the trip to New England and boy did they need him.

Newton finished the game going 22 for 29 throwing for 316 yards, three touchdowns, and a pick. He also had eight carries for 44 yards and a touchdown. Carolina needed the dual threat Cam Newton, and that is exactly who showed up. It goes to show what a full week of practice can do for a quarterback. Cam had his first week of full practice this season, and it was easy to see that it made a difference. This is the type of performance every Panther fan wants to see from Newton on a regular basis.

Superman And Friends

Many times, what gets the Panthers offense in trouble is when Cam has to do everything. He has to throw to receivers who are getting no separation or run for his life from the pressure. He has to get at least ten rushes and fight for every yard he gets. Nevertheless, it was a different story in Week 4. Sunday, Superman brought his friends out to Foxborough with him, and they were a huge problem for the Patriots defense.

Besides Cam Newton, the star of the game was Devin Funchess; who probably had his best game as a Carolina Panther. He finished his day with seven catches on seven targets for 70 yards and two touchdowns. Funchess could’ve easily finished with three or four touchdowns had Cam looked at him on a couple of deep routes that he sprung open on. At any rate, the former Michigan Wolverine quarterback looked like an enormous bright spot for the Panthers.

Funchess was not the only weapon at Cam’s disposal Sunday. Guys like Kelvin Benjamin and Ed Dickson also joined the party. The Panthers needed Cam and Kelvin to have a big game to build the chemistry between the two. Everyone knows what Benjamin is capable of doing, but fans were not seeing enough of it. On Sunday, they got a good sample of what this duo could be as Benjamin caught all four targets for 104 yards. Ed Dickson had a good game as well with three catches for 64 yards. Cam has struggled to get Dickson the ball up to this point, but they fixed that issue this week. They will need a lot more of that with Olsen being on IR.

Defense Took Everything They Could Handle

After getting ripped to shreds by Drew Brees last week, the Panthers defense had a tough task against Tom Brady in Week 4. Brady roasted the Panthers secondary for 307 yards and two touchdowns, but it was not enough to deliver a win this week. Carolina’s defense harassed Brady all game, and he was on his back a lot in this matchup. It is great that the offense was able to wake up against New England because the defense got killed. After two consecutive weeks of giving up 300 passing yards, this Panther defense is begging for a break.

Game Balls Go To . . .

With the Panthers offense waking up on Sunday, it is hard to pick just one offensive player to receive the game ball. Regardless, we must do it, and the offensive game ball goes to Cam Newton. Cam was a beast this Sunday in Foxborough, and he gave the Patriots defense all they could handle. Superman returned in a big way gaining over 350 total yards and four total touchdowns. With this performance, it is almost impossible not to give Cam the game ball.

Meanwhile, on the defensive side, the game ball goes to Luke Kuechly. Luke was his usual destructive self Sunday, and there was not a Patriots offensive player that didn’t feel his wrath. Totaling fourteen tackles; including one for loss; Kuechly shows people why they call him the best middle linebacker in football. Taking all they could handle, the Panthers defense fought hard for four quarters. If not for Kuechly, this team may not have put up the fight they did.

Up Next . . .

Up next the Panthers will travel to Detroit where they will take on Matt Stafford and the Lions.

Meanwhile, the Patriots head to Tampa Bay for a matchup with the Bucs for Thursday Night Football.