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Cam Newton named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

By Jonathan Jones
jperson@charlotteobserver.com

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton earned his second career NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors this week after his performance against the Philadelphia Eagles on "Monday Night Football."

Newton went 18-of-28 for 306 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' 30-22 win against the Eagles. He also ran for a team-high 52 yards and two scores, accouting for all four of Carolina's touchdowns.

He finished with a passer rating of 125.0, which is his second-highest of the season. Also, it marked the first time the Panthers won a game in which Newton threw for more than 300 yards (previously 0-5).

When asked if Monday night was his best game of the season, Newton said: “Absolutely not. I think my best game is still yet to come and I still want to focus on getting better each and every week.”

Newton first won the award in Week 13 of the 2011 season when he passed for 204 yards and a touchdown against Tampa Bay. He also had 54 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in the 38-19 divisional win.

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