Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 8/5/12
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith may have had a point when he slighted Cam Newton by saying that big numbers don’t necessarily equate to winning football games. In fact, Newton passed for 4,000-plus yards last season and the Panthers won just six games. The Panthers lost all three games in which Newton passed for more than 300 yards. Yes, you can point the ?nger at a Carolina defense that surrendered more than 25 points per game last season. Despite being attached to defenses that surrendered more points per game last season than the Panthers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers led their respective teams to the playoffs. If games lasted two quarters instead of four, the Panthers would have fnished 14-2 and Newton would have been in the MVP discussion. Unfortunately, Newton played more like a rookie as games progressed. He had a quarterback rating of 101.2 in his first ten throws compared to a 74.4 rating on his 21st through 30th throws. Statistics showed that Newton w...
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