The Carolina Panthers along with their 2015 NFL MVP quarterback Cam Newton will try to redeem themselves tonight at Sports Authority Field in Denver after their humiliating loss to Denver 24-10 in Super Bowl 50. The game will air on NBC at 8:30 PM ET.
Newton was blitzed 25 times in his Super Bowl appearance. Only Jim Kelly faced more blitzes. He also set a record for the worst completion percentage in a Super Bowl.
Remember when he decided not to dive for the ball on a pivotal play in the biggest game of his life? Compound the above stats, his decision to “tap out” by not going full-speed to recover that fumbled ball, his big baby reactions during the game, pouting up a storm and leaving the post-game press conference and you have to ask yourself if Newton has grown up during the off-season.
"I'm so focused on the lead-up to our game on Thursday. I can't look back," Newton said. "A lot of people are going to make it a rematch, but it's not a rematch. It's just our next opponent. They're a great team, we understand that. We're putting in our bid to be a great team as well.”
Newton has an improved core with wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin returning from injury, somebody who had more than 1,000 receiving yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie back in 2014. He’ll take pressure off Tedd Ginn Jr. and allow him to win one-on-one matchups more often. Defensively, the Carolina Panthers lost cornerback Josh Norman but are still going to be a nasty front seven led by All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. They will look to give Broncos QB Trevor Siemian fits tonight.
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