After a pretty solid Week 1 stat-line against a very formidable defense in the Denver Broncos, I see Cam Newton putting up big numbers against the San Fransisco 49ers.
Here’s four reasons why Newton will be the top QB in Week 2:
1) Suspect 49ers Defense
If you know nothing about football, you might’ve seen the 28-0 game the 49ers had vs. the L.A. Rams and thought that the 49ers are some sort of vintage 2012 49ers team with a great coach and a ferocious defense. Well, you would be wrong. The 49ers did indeed shut out the Rams but that is no large feat as the hapless Rams have no sign of a passing attack. Enter reigning MVP Cam Newton. The 49ers won’t have as easy of a job this week.
2) The Rushing Aspect
Cam Newton is physical specimen. He can throw and he can run…at 6’5, 245 lbs. He already has a rushing touchdown on his 2016 resumé and is a threat wherever he is on the field. Chip Kelly, the 49ers coach, already has compared Cam Newton to Eddie George ahead of their Week 2 date with Newton. And folks, Eddie George wasn’t even a quarterback. Good luck with that one Chip.
Newton combined for 45 touchdowns last season, which comes to about 2.8 touchdowns per game, and 4,473 total yards, or about 280 yards per game. And as stupid as it sounds, Newton only scored twice last game and put up only 248 yards, so expect him to average those numbers back closer to the 2.8 and 280 marks from a season ago.
4) 0-1 Start
The Carolina Panthers went 15-1 in the regular season last year, not losing a single game until Week 16. This year, they lost in the first week. That should piss Newton and every other member of the Panthers off considerably. Look for them to show no mercy in a game where it could get ugly quick.
Week 2 Projection:
22/31, 235 Passing Yards, 3 Passing Touchdowns, 0 Interceptions; 73 Rushing Yards
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