Visibly frustrated by his team's 41-38 loss to the Saints, the Panthers fifth in six games this season, it appears Newton's white-hot competitive fire is once again getting the best of him.
Here is why - it's nearly like a basketball team that comes out with a flurry of momentum shooting lights out, then goes ice cold.
The Panthers coaching staff possibly could be concerned for Cam Newton's health after numerous hits to the head this season.
The Play: Ron Rivera made a decision to be aggressive and go for it. The Saints' receivers dropped four passes, several of which were with no defender on them to throw away first downs. Also, it gives you great confidence and poise, I think, when those situations arise in the future. New Orleans (2-3) made a 52-yard field goal in the final minute of the game to secure the win.
Brees said after the Saints went 0-3 out of the gate and looked left for dead, he tried to model for his younger teammates the work ethic that's needed to dig out of a self-imposed hole. After pulling a win out of the jaws of defeat last game against the Chargers, it felt like fate might be turning against the Saints this week. New Orleans opened up the game with a 21 point lead, but very almost squandered the advantage.
Second Down:This season has dispelled the theory that Drew Brees is "slipping" or "declining". I have no idea what pass interference is, neither do any of you, and neither do the actual referees apparently.
Rodgers accounted for two turnovers with an interception to go with a fumble on first-and-goal at the Cowboys 1 with 1:10 left in the third quarter. Those are MVP stats, not stats of a declining player. He had a flawless passer rating when going after Sanchez, who gave up seven completions on nine targets, according to Pro Football Focus.
Third Down: Mike Thomas is going to be a mega super star!
The Panthers' and Saints' defenses each managed one sack and one interception, but those were the few highlights of an otherwise tough day for both struggling units. The Panthers tried to rough up Brees a bit though the ploy hardly affected the Saints quarterback. From there, rookie kicker Will Lutz hit the game-winner and the Panthers couldn't score in the remaining 11 seconds. He was replaced by veteran Tony Hills.
However, Newton was also intercepted by Sterling Moore in the back of the end zone, stalling a promising first-half drive. The hopefully impending return of Delvin Breaux should help matters.
The penalty put the ball on the New Orleans two yard line and one play later Newton ran it in for a two yard touchdown. Payton might be right.
But he became the first National Football League player to reach 200 yards rushing in a game this season, with 204 yards and two TDs in the Dolphins' 30-15 upset victory over Pittsburgh. For the longest time, it looked as if injuries had derailed the career of the former University of IL standout.