With the first week of the 2016 NFL schedule over, NFL Power Ratings for Week 2 are now out. Things look real bad for the Carolina Panthers and their quarterback Cam Newton after their loss to the Denver Broncos last week.
The Week 2 NFL Power Ratings from across several ratings websites have the Panthers down a few notches after their loss. Sports Illustrated has placed the Panthers at #5 down from the #1 position. ESPN has the Panthers at #6 but Week 1 ratings had them at #5. NESN too has placed Carolina at the No. 6 position after last week?s No. 4 position.
Bad Start for the Panthers and Cam Newton
Thursday night?s loss to the Broncos was a real poor start for Newton and his team, the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers? first loss last season did not come until December 27, so they will face a much different challenge bouncing back this time around.
QB Newton was also sacked, hit while throwing or hit while rushing 17 times in Week 1, his most ever in regulation, said ESPN. Newton took four shots to the head and the last vicious helmet hit in the final minute of the game even left him lying face down on the grass.
However, last year for Carolina, the season began with teams not as good and gradually things got harder. The 2016-17 NFL season seems to have started from the opposite with matches against harder teams this year. It remains to be seen how Newton and company will respond to this early season loss.
Carolina Panthers v San Francisco 49ers
After a disappointing Week 1, the Panthers hope to bounce back on Sunday?s match against the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers are 1-0 and the Panthers are 0-1. But Carolina looked to have done much better in Week 1 than the 49ers did, notes Yahoo. In their win against the LA Rams, the 49ers were able to put just 14 points in the first half against a team known for poor defense. With Carolina real good at containing in defense, the Panthers are favored to win this game.
Newton too is making a comeback despite last week?s injuries and looks even stronger to take on the 49ers.
“I’m worried about winning. That’s it. Winning. Winning football games,” Newton told NFL.com. “That’s why I’m here. I’m not here to worry about retirement plans. I’m not here to worry about pensions.