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Cam Newton takes offensive player of the week

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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s second NFL season hasn’t been the rousing success that his rookie season was, but his play in Week 12 was something closer to what we saw in 2011.

The performance against the Eagles brought Newton an honor he also claimed during his rookie year. Newton has been named the NFC offensive player of the week, a prize he also took home in December last year. Newton completed 18-of-28 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns during Monday night’s 30-22 victory over the Eagles. He also ran 14 times for 52 yards and two more touchdowns in one of his best performances of the season.

Newton’s played well in three of the last four games and continuing along those lines could lead to more victories in the final five weeks. With the Panthers coaching staff on notice after General Manager Marty Hurney was dismissed, the results of those games will likely go a long way toward determining how long Ron Rivera remains in charge of the team.

That’s fitting. Newton’s play during the team’s 1-6 start did a lot to help make Rivera’s seat hot in the first place, so it makes sense that his closing statement would wind up impacting the head coach as well.

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12 Responses to “Cam Newton takes offensive player of the week”
  1. lrm1980 says: Nov 28, 2012 10:23 AM

    Any offensive honors while playing the eagles should have an asterisk.

  2. bgoochy says: Nov 28, 2012 10:29 AM

    I always like it when Cam strikes that pose (as in the picture above) when they’re down by 20. He has a lot to learn about being a top tier QB and leader in the NFL.

  3. bleed4philly says: Nov 28, 2012 10:40 AM

    Hahaha, he did that against the eagles, why don’t they give it to someone who actually earned it? Like RG3

  4. dexterismyhero says: Nov 28, 2012 10:42 AM

    What a joke. Go ahead and smile and point for first downs and act like a child when you score a touchdown and you get a player of the week award.

    Does he get paid extra by a personal endorsement contract for doing the kittyman shirt tear?

  5. dionoil says: Nov 28, 2012 10:46 AM

    Wish we could play the eagles every week

  6. skinzfan21 says: Nov 28, 2012 10:48 AM

    Not to be a homer or anything…….but someone please explain how in the hell did this performance trump what RG3 did to a tougher opponent on a bigger stage??? Seems like whenever RG3 has an outstanding performance the NFL robs him of the POW award……..well anyway, R.I.P. Sean Taylor

  7. amaf21 says: Nov 28, 2012 11:11 AM

    guess the NFL is just trying to make cam feel good about himself as part of their new mental health initiative.

  8. tindeaux says: Nov 28, 2012 11:49 AM

    the eagles defense quit playing. that was the reason. cam newton is best at racking up let-up yardage.

  9. jccarrollccrider says: Nov 28, 2012 11:49 AM

    RG3 was pretty much a non-factor against Carolina.

  10. mrcogburn says: Nov 28, 2012 12:47 PM

    The NFL becoming a youth soccer league?! Everybody gets a trophy at some point?

  11. ezg1 says: Nov 28, 2012 11:00 PM

    Beating the Iggles is much like kissing ones sister!

  12. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Nov 29, 2012 9:13 AM

    Playing against the pathetic Eagles defense should be an automatic disqualifier!

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