NFL: Panthers need to turn the tide today
CHARLOTTE ó Cam Newton is learning how much he hates losing. He doesnít like it, either.
Carolinaís rookie quarterback sat stewing in front of his locker at Soldier Field following last Sundayís 34-29 loss to Chicago. When a teammate tried to approach him to offer encouragement, Newton shrugged him off and went back to his slow burn.
The Panthers (1-3) have fallen short in three of their first four games, leaving Newton and many of his teammates aggravated over their inability to close games out.
When asked if heís sought help from anyone in dealing with the losing part of the NFL, Newton gave and odd look and said, ěI donít think anybody could. Unless itís coming from a world-class loser ó like ëLet me tell you how to lose.íî
He wonít be looking for answers from New Orleans today.
Carolinaís three losses have been by seven points or less, and the Panthers will look to turn things around when they go against Drew Brees and the Saints in what could be a high-scoring game.
The Saints (3-1) are second in the league in passing, averaging 335 yards per game. The Panthers are right behind, ranked third at 334.8 yards per game.
Brees and Newton, along with four others, are on pace to break Dan Marinoís single-season passing record of 5,084 yards set in 1984.
Newton will face a Saints defense that blitzed more than any team in the league last season under coordinator Gregg Williams.
ěItís a big pressure team and they try to confuse your offense with so many different looks,î Newton said. ěItís probably the most complex defense weíve faced outside of maybe the Packers. They bring it, simple and plain. We just have to stay one step ahead of them.î
Also Sunday, it’s Tampa Bay at San Francisco, the New York Jets at New England, Oakland at Houston, San Diego at Denver, Philadelphia at Buffalo, Tennessee at Pittsburgh, Green Bay at Atlanta, Seattle at the New York Giants, Cincinnati at Jacksonville, Arizona at Minnesota, and Kansas City at Indianapolis.
Off this week are Baltimore (3-1), Cleveland (2-2), Dallas (2-2), Miami (0-4), St. Louis (0-4), and Washington (3-1).
Besides Green Bay, The other unbeaten team, Detroit, hosts Chicago on Monday night.