Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers will face the biggest test of this season and playoffs—and perhaps, in his young NFL career—in Super Bowl 50 where the quarterback will be pitted against the Denver Broncos, who is considered the best defensive team in the league this season.
However, the Broncos have also yet to face a complete team this postseason like the Panthers led by Newton’s versatility and the Panthers’ toughness on both ends.
The Panthers are 3.5 favorites entering the NFL’s title game and jumped to 5.0 favorites on game day. And for good reasons;
1. Newton is well-protected by their offensive line
Newton will have more time in the pocket to decide if he’ll pass or run the ball—he’s the ultimate dual threat QB in the game and he will maximize his options. And even if the Broncos’ defense get to Newton, the young QB has shown to that he can make adjustment to get those all-important yardage.
2. Panthers’ defense is as good as the Broncos
The Broncos led the regular season in team defense, allowing the lowest total yardage, allowing the lowest total passing yards and third best in allowing total rushing yards.
The Panthers limit the opposition to just 19.3 points per game in the regular season and held down opponents to just 88.4 rushing yards per game (fourth best in rushing defense).
Carolina showed their consistent defense in two games in the postseason allowing just 24 points to the Seattle Seawhawks and 15 points to the Arizona Cardinals.
3. Cam Newton is the best QB in the league; Peyton Manning is old
The 26-years-old Newton is playing in just his first Super Bowl and the 39-year-old Manning is playing in his fourth NFL title game. Newton is the favorite in the betting odds to win the Super Bowl 50 MVP award while Manning ranks second.
However, Newton has been impressive this postseason accumulating 496 passing yards plus 50 rushing yards with a total of 5 touchdowns and 1 interception. Manning is still effective this postseason but as with the previous years his age is catching up to him especially in the big games.
At the end of Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, Cam Newton will be the newest Super Bowl MVP and the Carolina Panthers will bag their first NFL title in the history of their franchise.
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