Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 10/24/13
Thursday is Cam Newton’s night. It’s his time to put a show on. He’s without the pressure of a home crowd and can rally his teammates on the road, as the 3-3 Carolina Panthers visit the winless and troubled Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The game kicks off at 8:25 p.m. ET on the NFL Network. Newton has become the forgotten man among the NFL’s elite athletic quarterbacks. Thursday, that can all change with a chance to bring his Panthers to over .500 eight weeks into the season. With the Atlanta Falcons stumbling out of the gates, the Panthers are in position to battle for a wild card berth. That is a pleasant surprise for those who have been following Newton’s career, since he took home the Heisman and the national championship while attending Auburn. For the most part, it has been a struggle for Newton and his Panthers since he arrived to help save and rebuild the young franchise. The Panthers reached a low point in 2010 with a 2-14 record. But that meant they got the first pick and chose Newton. Since his initiation into the big leagues in 2011, he has started every game, ending that first season with a 6-10 record. The following season saw a one game improvement to 7-9. Logic follows that the Panthers should play to an 8-8 record this year, which might be good enough for the last wild card in the NFC, though 9-7 would make things much easier. Getting to 9-7 for the Panthers means winning the games they are expected to win. Thursday night, the Carolina is expected to win. But fans want to see more than a standard win. They want to see Newton do a little bit of everything and show some shake and bake. He has weapons around him, including two all-time figures in Carolina Panther history. Newton and the coaching staff will have to incorporate DeAngelo Williams and Steve Smith – all-time leading Panther rusher and receiver respectively – into the game early. Make no mistake about it, this is a big game for the NFL too. The NFL has a lot at stake with Cam Newton at the controls. He carries a lot of weight and monster marketing potential. He will win a Super Bowl eventually and just about everybody in and around the league knows it. Prediction:  Newton and the Panther defense take control of this game and dominate, final score Panthers 47, Buccaneers 10 Howard Alperin is Managing Editor of AmericanizeSoccer.com The post Thursday Night Football: It’s all about Cam Newton appeared first on Midwest Sports Fans.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Predators fans throw catfish on ice to celebrate Stanley Cup berth

WATCH: Draymond Green tries just a little to hard to sell foul

Eddie George fires up Predators fans before Game 4 vs Ducks

Viktor Arvidsson had bloody ‘R’ on forehead after hit

Danny Ainge’s son running for congressional seat in Utah

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

John Wall’s retweet saves fan from taking final exam

WATCH: Cubs pull off two miraculous defensive plays in a row

To raise money for charity, a wrestling fan has Cody Rhodes slam him on thumbtacks

Gregg Popovich on Steve Kerr’s health issues: ‘It’s just a crap situation’

CJ McCollum clearly interested in having Paul Millsap join Blazers

Injuries are depriving us from watching the Spurs thrive in the clutch

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

The 'Happy birthday to two of the NBA's all-time antagonists' quiz

The shortstop evolution continues to raise the ceiling

Three Up, Three Down: Astros dominate in every category

Box Score 5/19: Heartbreak in OT

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

The 'Happy birthday to two of the NBA's all-time antagonists' quiz

The shortstop evolution continues to raise the ceiling

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker