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Panthers vs. Titans instant analysis: Cam Newton’s accuracy issues disappeared Sunday

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1), often criticized for his accuracy in the past, completed his first 11 passes Sunday against Tennessee and finished 21 of 26.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1), often criticized for his accuracy in the past, completed his first 11 passes Sunday against Tennessee and finished 21 of 26. Getty Images

Instant analysis from the Carolina Panthers’ 27-10 victory at Tennessee:

So much for Cam Newton’s accuracy issues.

The knock on the Panthers’ Pro Bowl quarterback coming into the game was his 53.7 completion percentage, which ranked 31st among 32 qualified passers.

So what does Newton do against Tennessee? Completes his first 11 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown, on the way to a 21-of-26 passing performance for 217 yards.

The Titans and their zone blitzes sacked Newton five times. But that didn’t faze him.

▪  Ted Ginn Jr. remains a weapon on special teams. Even with Ginn’s 87-yard punt return for a touchdown nullified by a Joe Webb penalty, Ginn still helped the Panthers win field position. Ginn averaged 15.3 yards per return, matching his season-best average from a Week 1 win at Jacksonville.

After the Panthers allowed Indianapolis and Green Bay to storm back with late rallies the past two weeks, the defense kept the clamps on rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota on Sunday.

After Mariota completed a pass over the middle to Dexter McCluster, Luke Kuechly stripped him of the ball and defensive tackle Kawann Short recovered while hustling downfield.

Ball game.

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