Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton puts his record on the line Monday night.
Cam Newton is no stranger to the spotlight. Throughout his career with the Carolina Panthers he’s played in plenty of big games and never performed better then when at home, inside Bank of America Stadium and on Monday night.
As a rookie Newton didn’t have an opportunity to play in the week’s featured game but every year since, he’s led the Panthers in at least one meeting under the lights and in front of a national audience.
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As the starter, Newton is 5-1 on Monday Night Football with his only loss coming at Philadelphia back during the 2014 season. The former Panthers No. 1 overall pick is 3-0 in his career at home on Monday night defeating New England (2013), Indianapolis in overtime (2015) and the Miami Dolphins (2017) last season.
To conclude Week 15, Newton faces NFC South leader and divisional rival New Orleans. There’s no doubt he’s fired up to face an opponent that swept Carolina in three games last season, including a playoff loss to end the Panthers season.
The Saints are 11-2, winning 10 in a row at one point but were just one game ahead of Carolina entering Week 10 play. Since, New Orleans has dropped just one game to the Dallas Cowboys while the Panthers have lost five in a row.
On the verge of mathematical elimination, the Panthers would need a miracle to reach the playoffs if they fail to win on Monday night. In addition to needing both the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins to lose both of their remaining games, Carolina would also need Houston to defeat Philadelphia.
An unlikely scenario, the Panthers can help their case with a win. While they still would need a little help, the path becomes much more clear if Carolina wins out – beating New Orleans twice and the Atlanta Falcons.
All speculation of course as the only outcome that ultimately matters is their own. On Monday, Newton will either improve to 4-0 at home on Monday Night Football or suffer another significant loss to the Saints.
The Panthers and Saints are scheduled to kick off at 8:15pm EST.