Cam Newton’s homecoming for the Carolina Panthers did not go in line with plan final week in opposition to the Washington Soccer Group, and issues went from unhealthy to worse on the street in Week 12 on the Miami Dolphins. Down 20 factors early within the fourth quarter, head coach Matt Rhule made the choice to bench Newton for P.J. Walker. The Dolphins went on to win, 33-10.
Newton had a really tough go of it on Sunday, as he accomplished simply 5 of 21 passes for 92 yards and threw two interceptions. Whereas he was inaccurate throwing the ball, the previous NFL MVP was additionally below duress all afternoon from Miami’s cross rush. Newton did not have Christian McCaffrey to depend on both, as McCaffrey rolled his ankle within the first half and was on and off the sector for the third quarter.
Carolina’s offense has critical issues, however possibly essentially the most notable takeaway from this recreation was the failure of Carolina’s protection. This unit got here into Sunday the No. 2 protection within the league, however Tua Tagovailoa had no drawback transferring the ball. The truth is, rookie large receiver Jaylen Waddle had 100 receiving yards by halftime.
Newton was in a position to inject vitality into this franchise when he re-signed a number of weeks in the past, as this motivated group got here out and upset the Arizona Cardinals on the street, 34-10. That shine has appeared to have rubbed off, nevertheless, and it feels as if Carolina’s postseason hopes are significantly unsure.