Cam Newton’s Inconsistency vs. Cardinals a Troubling Sign for Championship Hopes

January 4, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Carolina Panthers can't be considered legitimate Super Bowl contenders until quarterback Cam Newton proves to be a more consistent passer. 
Newton's performance in the Wild Card Round against the Arizona Cardinals ranged from outright missed throws to a few brilliant passes. The up-and-down play seen from the quarterback throughout the season isn't enough to carry the Panthers to the organization's second Super Bowl appearance. 
The victory Saturday was Newton's first playoff triumph. However, it needs to be placed into context. 
Carolina hosted an Arizona Cardinals squad that stumbled to the finish line with two straight losses and was forced to rely on a third-string quarterback who was signed three weeks ago to lead them against an improving Panthers defense. 
The result was predictable. 
The Panthers overwhelmed the Cardinals 27-16, and Ryan Lindley was completely lost. The former practice squad quarterback completed 1...

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