Week 7: Carolina Panthers 30, St. Louis Rams 15- Post Game Thoughts

Cam Newton and the Panthers continue to roll with a second straight impressive win, this one at home over the Rams.  In a game filled with trash-talking and fighting, it was Newton who shined the brightest (hitting on 15 of his 17 throws for 204 yards and one touchdown).  Over the past two weeks Cam is 35/43 for 446 yards with four touchdowns passing, one running, and no turnovers.  The Panthers really do go as their star quarterback goes, when Newton is hot the team is hot.  Carolina is 13-6 in games where Cam does not throw an interception, and they have been in all of those 19 games.  For St. Louis, this loss is going to be placed on the back-burner.  They have lost Sam Bradford for the season with a torn ACL, which is especially painful considering how well he has played this season.  Not many people know that he is actually tied for fifth in the league in touchdown passes (14) and has only thrown 4 picks (although three have been pick-sixes).  He good play has flown beneath the radar for the season and this team could be in a world of hurt if their running game does not strengthen.  The Rams are still the only team in the NFL that does not have a rushing touchdown.  Moving forward, this will have to change if they hope to keep pace in an ultra-competitive NFC West.  It is still unknown who they will go with at quarterback next week, but no matter who lines up under center it is going to be key for these guys to find a running game to help their offensive cause.  And just a random tidbit to end this article: I feel bad for Tavon Austin.  The rookie cannot catch a freaking break this year.  By my count he has had three long touchdowns taken off the board due to penalties this season, including a 63 yard TD in this game being called back due to a tripping penalty. #gettingscrewed

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