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Cam Newton wins third NFC Offensive Player of the Week award this year

Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) celebrates the the team's 41-38 victory over the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, December 6, 2015.
Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) celebrates the the team's 41-38 victory over the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, December 6, 2015. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

For the third time in five weeks, Cam Newton is once again the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

And he’s in great company.

Newton went 28-for-41 for 331 yards, five touchdowns and one interception in the 41-38 win against New Orleans last week to keep the Panthers undefeated. He also rushed 10 times for 49 yards, including a naked bootleg on fourth-and-1 that went for 30 yards on an eventual touchdown drive.

The last quarterback to win a conference offensive player of the week award three times in a five-week span was Tom Brady in 2007. That season Brady won the NFL MVP award and led the Patriots to a perfect 16-0 regular season record.

This is the sixth such award for Newton is his career.

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