It’s a pretty, slightly chilly (mid-50s) fall afternoon here in beautiful Charlotte, NC. The Panthers (2-5) are preparing to take on the Vikings (1-6) here at home in a game that has me a little excited because we might have a chance to win this one, considering the Vikings seem to make more mistakes on the field than we do.
Rookie QB Cam Newton continues to impress, and needless to say, we Panthers fans hope he has another good day in spite of the fact that we have a defense that’s pretty bruised and banged up – with many on the injured list:
What Newton has done in his first seven games is set rookie passing and rushing records each week while poking holes in the pre-draft arguments that his success in his year at Auburn would not transfer to the NFL – certainly not this quickly.
After a 2-14 season that gave Carolina the No. 1 pick it used on Newton, last year’s Heisman Trophy winner has made the Panthers interesting again. Fox Sports sent its No. 2 crew to Charlotte this weekend to call a game between teams that are a combined 3-11.
Newton, at 6-foot-5 and 248 pounds, has been on the field for each of the Panthers’ 453 offensive plays this season. He is on pace to break Peyton Manning’s rookie record of 3,739 passing yards and needs one rushing touchdown to pass Vince Young as the all-time rookie leader in that category with eight.
It’s those elusive victories that stick like thorns in the sides of Cam and the rest of the Panthers team. Here’s hoping that they won’t snatch defeat from the jaws of victory today. Besides, I’ve got them winning in this week’s football pool.
Game time: 1 pm ET – on Fox.