Newton threw for 262 yards and three interceptions while completing 21 of 35 passes, and added 26 yards and a rushing touchdown on seven carries in Sunday's 22-10 loss to the Vikings. Newton and the Panthers had a 14-game home winning streak snapped in this surprise defeat, and the star signal caller's poor play was the primary reason why. He salvaged his fantasy performance with a three-yard rushing touchdown, but even his rushing output was meager by the hulking quarterback's standards. Newton's strong start to the season suggests this performance was just an outlier, so expect a better effort next week in Atlanta.
Newton racked up 353 yards and four touchdowns through the air, completing 24 of 40 passing attempts during Sunday's win over the 49ers. He also carried the ball six times for 37 yards, but turned the ball over twice. Newton put up quite a performance as he led the Panthers on their way to 46 points against a struggling 49ers defense. His day was highlighted by a 78-yard strike to tight end Greg Olsen during the second quarter, and he also hit No. 1 receiver Kelvin Benjamin seven times for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Newton has a bit more of a challenge next week against the Vikings, but he'll remain one of the top fantasy options at quarterback regardless.
Newton has passed four concussion tests and thus is not subject to further concussion protocol following Thursday night's season opener against the Broncos, The Associated Press reports. Newton endured a number of gruesome hits to the helmet during Thursday's loss to the Broncos, but apparently avoided suffering a concussion during the game. With multiple tests all confirming that notion, Newton won't be subject to further evaluation and should be able to participate as he normally would in practice this coming week. While that's certainly reassuring news for Newton's fantasy owners, they'll also surely hope he doesn't take close to the pounding he did Thursday in the Panthers' upcoming games.
Newton completed 13-of-29 passes for 100 yards and threw two interceptions in Friday's preseason loss to the Patriots. Newton endured a rough outing Friday night, leading the Panthers' offense to merely a field goal despite playing for the better part of three quarters. The reigning MVP sent a number of passes sailing above his intended targets and was intercepted twice during the first half. He also managed just nine yards on the ground. Overall, Newton won't be too bothered by a poor preseason showing, but he'll be eager to improve as the Panthers prepare for Week 1.
Newton completed 8-of-12 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' preseason win against the Titans over the weekend. Newton also rushed twice for two yards Saturday. He played four series in total, with his first being the most impressive. On that drive, Newton twice connected with wideout Kelvin Benjamin (knee) for first downs, before hitting Ted Ginn for a 61-yard touchdown to cap it off. Given that this Friday is Carolina's third preseason game, Newton could see his playing time extended to an entire half, especially since he probably won't be asked to play in the Panthers' exhibition finale.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/11||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||29||25.33|
|6||10/16||@New Orleans Saints||18||20.33|
|9||11/06||@Los Angeles Rams||19||20.67|
|10||11/13||Kansas City Chiefs||3||10.33|
|11||11/18||New Orleans Saints||18||20.33|
|14||12/11||San Diego Chargers||28||24.67|
|17||01/01||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||29||25.33|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||60.0||3448||26||12||587||7||381|