Most NFL analysts will tell you that Carolina Panthers’ Pro Bowl quarterback Cam Newton was at his peak in 2015 when he won the MVP award and led his team to the Super Bowl. But, if you ask Newton, he is playing the best football of his career right now.
“Honestly, I feel like I’m playing the best football of my career,” – Newton Charlotte Observer on Wednesday. “Straight-up. I just feel in control. There’s no question marks. My assuredness of every single play, I know exactly what I’m supposed to do. It’s just, I don’t want to sound ‘like that’, but I know my worth. I know who I am. … That’s all personal. And that comes with preparation.“
“I feel like, when somebody is at their best and facing me, and I’m at my best, we win. You know what I’m saying?” – he added.
Now, if you analyze Cam Newton’s performances in 2018, there is some truth to his words, at least in the passing game. He has been completing a career-high 69.6 percent of his throws while having 22 to 7 touchdown-to-interception ratio, also career best. Newton threw for a total of 2,699 yards this season as well while rushing for 417 more yards.
Unfortunately for Panthers’ fans, Cam Newton’s good performances didn’t bring them as many wins as they would like. Carolina currently has a 6-5 record and is second in NFC South behind New Orleans Saints. Also, all of the team’s five losses came down to a single possession. This doesn’t sit well with Newton.
“[In the past when I was playing my best], I was rewarded with victories,” – Newton explained. “Now, it’s tougher that we’re not winning… The selfish me would have been like, ‘Oh, I’m good. We ain’t losing because of me. But that’s not where I am right now in my career.“
Panthers’ next game comes on Sunday when they will travel to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers.