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Mirrors? How the Carolina Panthers Stay Undefeated

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Walter Thurmond of the Eagles tried to stop Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who is averaging 4.5 yards a rush this season, the lowest in his career.

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Wait, the Carolina Panthers are still undefeated?

A team that was widely derided last year after making the playoffs with a 7-8-1 record from the terrible N.F.C. South is one game away from matching that win total already. Yet despite the first 6-0 record in franchise history, the Panthers feel far from perfect.

Cam Newton was a tepid 14 for 24 for 197 yards Sunday night in a 27-16 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles and threw three interceptions. That performance was not out of character for him this season. Of the 43 quarterbacks who have started a game this season, Newton ranks just 31st in adjusted yards per pass attempt. He has six wins, but only one 300-yard passing game.

Part of Newton’s value has always been his ability to run, and he ranks second to Russell Wilson…

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