Published: Tue, October 11, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Cam Newton fined for taunting but Jones' hit deemed legal

Even without Cam Newton, Derek Anderson is a more than capable quarterback and has the weapons to give Carolina a solid chance at winning the game. But the Bucs likely will be counting on the former Auburn standout's contributions again when they take on the Carolina Panthers on Monday night.

Newton still remains in the NFL's concussion protocol after taking a hard hit from Falcons linebacker Deion Jones in Sunday's loss to Atlanta.

Anderson finished the game, completing 17 of 23 pass attempts for 172 yards and two touchdowns. He's also rushed for 147 yards and two additional touchdowns. A lot of these numbers are somewhat fluffed because the defenses are so atrocious for both sides.

Newton, the NFL's most valuable player last season, has been the target of four hits on the head in the first game of the season against the Denver Broncos. The Panthers won both of those games and Anderson's third start in a Panthers uniform will also be against the Bucs.

"The 25-year-old wideout remains a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses due to his 6'5" size and leaping ability, and the offense should use him often against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that ranks 27th in the National Football League with nine passing touchdowns allowed this season.

The Panthers are in need of a win, and will pick it up in this game.

Newton was one of six starters who didn't practice Thursday.

The reigning NFC champion Carolina Panthers are off to a slow start.

The good news is that Newton will not be out for the season. The only win they have so far this year is against the floundering 49ers.

The skinny: QB Jameis Winston has nine turnovers in last three games.

As a team they have failed to avoid injury.

Whether or not it's exclusively Winston's fault, or has more to do with problems within Tampa Bay's system, as suggested by The Ringer, can be argued until the cows come home. In their first four games, the points that they have allowed has gone like this: 24, 40, 37, and 27. The quarterback talent pool is so small that not all teams even have a legitimate starter much less a quality backup. Defensively, the Buccaneers are yielding 32.0 points and 354.2 yards (258.5 in passing and 95.8 in rushing) per game against the opposing teams.

Carolina's losses aren't all bad: the Vikings and Broncos both look like fantastic football teams and potentially the top-two defenses in the NFL. It actually helps their offenses because they are on the field for a longer time compared to their defense.

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