The Carolina Panthers once again had a player win NFC Player of the Week as Cam Newton was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 13. Against the Saints, Newton completed 28 of 41 passes for 331 yards, five touchdowns and only one interception. He also had 49 yards on the ground running the ball but looked most impressive throwing the ball. At one point in the game, Newton completed 15 consecutive passes and finished with his second highest completion percentage of the season (68.3%).
Newton has now won the award for the second time in three weeks and three times in five. The last time this was done was in 2007 when Tom Brady did it. The 2007 season is important because it was the same year the New England Patriots went undefeated during the regular season.
Newton has been playing at an incredibly high level over the past five weeks and has the stats to back it up. He is averaging 255 passing yards per game and has 17 total touchdowns and only two interceptions.
More importantly the Panthers have been winning in pretty convincing fashion as they have won their past five games by an average of 15 points per game. The Panthers will face the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, which is the first of two matchups in a three week period.