This was the Cam Newton who was the talk of the NFL last season.
Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more to lead the Carolina Panthers to a 30-22 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night in a matchup of teams with the worst records in the NFC.
Newton, who hadn't played up to his sensational rookie season, showed no signs of a sophomore slump against Philadelphia's porous pass defense. He finished 18 of 28 for 306 yards and had a passer rating of 125.
''We took some plays off his plate and really tried to balance it out and spread it among other players and he has really responded very well to those things,'' Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. ''I think we had to interpret it as giving him a breath once in a while. These last few weeks, he's played like the guy we believe he could become.''
Bryce Brown set a club rookie record with 178 yards rushing, including TD runs of 65 and 5 yards, but the Eagles (3-8) still lost their seventh straight game.