The Cam Newton era appeared to get off to a great start Sunday with a 21-11 win over the Miami Dolphins. While the ‘W’ is what matters, fans were eager to see how their new quarterback would perform.
After completing nearly 8o percent of his passes, accounted for 230 yards of total offense, and recorded two rushing touchdowns, it is safe to say he made a great first impression. But how will he do in Week Two?
They will face a much more formidable opponent in Week Two; all be it one with a defense that was decimated by Matt Ryan in Week One. Bovada.lv has set the over/under for his production total at 262.5 total yards:
- Combined Passing And Rushing Yards For Cam Newton In Week 2
- Over 262.5 Yards -120
- Under 262.5 Yards -120
If that isn’t compelling enough for you, Bovada.lv also has odds for what he’ll do first, throw a touchdown, throw an interception, or run for a touchdown:
- What Will Cam Newton Do First In Week 2?
- Throw A Passing Touchdown -105
- Throw An Interception +155
- Score A Rushing Touchdown +400
From the play calling and his stat line, it appears that Bill Belichick may have been trying to protect his new quarterback a little bit against the Dolphins. With Newton being new to the offense and the team, he is probably not too familiar with the playbook and is likely still working on his timing with New England’s receivers.
So, it makes sense that he had only 19 pass attempts and the Patriots combined for 42 carries. However, with how poorly the Seattle secondary played against Matt Ryan, maybe Belichick will let Newton throw more.
Then again, the Falcons don’t have much of a running game but do have three good wide receivers. New England does not have three good receivers; their strength is in the running game.
As for what Newton will do first, Seattle’s struggles against the pass last week is probably why ‘throw a passing touchdown’ is the favorite. But Newton is not as good of a passer as Matt Ryan and doesn’t have the really good receivers.
Expecting a passing touchdown against a defense looking for redemption may be asking too much. It may be more likely for Newton to throw an interception instead. But Bill Belichick could very well stick with the running game, rather than test the Seattle defense.
If that is the case, a rushing touchdown seems more likely.
So—how should you bet?
Newton is a good athlete and has been a good quarterback for many years in the NFL—but he is still a new quarterback playing for a new team with guys and a playbook he is not familiar with (yet). But if anyone knows how to get the most out of his team and how to exploit an opponent, it is Belichick.
Take Newton to cover the over on his combined yards total. As for what he’ll do first, consider it a toss-up between throw an interception or run for a touchdown. Don’t bank on Belichick expecting him to do much with the passing game just yet.