Newton completed 23 of 29 passes for 193 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Panthers' 52-21 loss to the Steelers on Thursday. He also rushed twice for 10 yards. He also fumbled once but it was recovered.
Newton did what he could to keep the Panthers in the contest, but his defense simply couldn't keep up with the juggernaut that was the Steelers offense. Newton also faced heavy pressure throughout the night, as he took five sacks and was hit on seven occasions overall. He did connect with Christian McCaffrey for two more touchdowns through the air, as the pair continues to develop an excellent rapport in the passing game. Newton also extended his rather curious streak of two-touchdown games to seven, and he's managed multiple passing scores in all but contest this season. He'll look to bounce back from his third sub-200-yard game of the season against the Lions in a Week 11 matchup on Nov. 18.
Newton (shoulder) doesn't carry an injury designation into Thursday's game at Pittsburgh, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Newton went through the typical maintenance routine for his right (throwing) shoulder this week, logging back-to-back limited sessions before practicing in full Wednesday. With his status cleared, he'll focus on exploiting a Steelers defense that has allowed 278.6 passing yards per game and a 17:5 TD:INT to quarterbacks this season through eight games.
Newton (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant in Tuesday's practice.
It's believed that Newton's restrictions were strictly for maintenance purposes with the Panthers facing a quick turnaround between games in Week 10. Newton required surgery for his right shoulder following the 2016 campaign, but it hasn't prevented him from starting the Panthers' last 24 regular-season contests. That streak seems at little risk of coming to an end Thursday in Pittsburgh.
For a third consecutive week, Newton has kicked it off with a "limited" appearance in practice with the intent to avoid any undue stress on his right throwing shoulder. Under this "new normal," as coach Ron Rivera has called it, Newton has been cleared to play well before kickoff, so expect the same to occur this week as the Panthers prepare for a Thursday night showdown with the Steelers' 21st-ranked pass offense (257.6 yards per game).
The Panthers' first three touchdowns came on the ground, as Christian McCaffrey found the end zone on two short touchdown runs and Curtis Samuel scored on a long winding scamper of 30 yards on a reverse. Newton then broke the ice himself with a 17-yard touchdown throw to Greg Olsen shortly before halftime before adding a 19-yard scoring strike to Curtis Samuel in the fourth quarter. The eight-year veteran has thrown multiple touchdowns in all but the opener this season, and he's and he's now been interception-free for three consecutive contests. Newton will look to continue his stellar season in four days during a tough Week 10 road matchup against the Steelers on Thursday night.
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|13||12/2/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ NO||1:00 pm|
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