A week after he was sacked a season-high five times in a 30-3 loss to Tennessee, rookie QB Cam Newton said things could get worse this week if the Panthers don't come to play against Detroit and its formidable front four.
The Titans blitzed Newton a lot on first down, then dropped as many as eight men in coverage when they had the Panthers in second- and third-and-long situations.
But Newton said the Lions are dangerous because Ndamukong Suh and Co. generate pressure out of its base defense.
“Last week is completely unacceptable. Rookie, no rookie, veteran. It doesn't matter. If you're on the Carolina Panthers, it doesn't matter what your experience level is, that is not acceptable,” Newton said.
“And everybody gets the gist. And this week if we bring that same mentality that we had last week, you're going to get busted in the mouth. This is a physical team down after down.”
The Lions are among the league leaders in sacks. The fact that Suh is only third on his team with three sacks...