This week Cam Newton will go up agaisnt fellow rookie QB Blaine Gabbert and the lowly Jaguars. Newton comes off of the 2 biggest weeks by any rookie QB ever, and now is hungry for his 1st win. The chemistry between Cam and WR Steve Smith is insane for this early in the year, and I think the trend continues with another big day. Newton will also be able to scramble for big gains against a Jags D that is nothing to write home about. Watch for the Panthers rushing attack to get back on track as well, making for a totally strong offensive performance.
Facing a 1st time starter in Gabbert, the Carolina defense should focus on QB pressure and the running game. The box should be stuffed for Maurice Jones-Drew the entire game. The defense will put the pressure on Gabbert to make big throws under diress, which he is not ready for. Look for an overall strong showing by Carolina, and Cam Newton’s 1st win. I have the Panthers, 28-17.
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