Newton off to awful start for Panthers

AP

Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel at least has the benefit of being a rookie.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is just off to an ugly start.

The Bills hold what appears to be a commanding 3-0 lead over the Panthers thanks to Dan Carpenter’s 55-yard field goal, the peak of offensive excitement in Western New York today.

If the Panthers have decided what their offensive identity is, it’s hard to discern. After taking few shots downfield last week, there have been enough heaves, but Newton’s passing day is a combination of bad protection and some bad throws on his part. It’s almost as if they’re throwing long for the sake of it, rather than with a goal in mind.

Newton’s 7-of-17 passing for 79 yards with a ridiculous interception at the moment, and has missed high several times.