I was going to simply give the game ball to rookie QB Cam Newton but then I thought that wouldn't be fair to the other impact Panthers in this game. Newton will still most likely win the poll and rightfully so but I still think we should highlight the other key performers. Here are this week's Panther game ball candidates:
- QB Cam Newton - Newton broke the NFL single season record for rushing TDs by a QB with 3, count hem 3 one yard TD plunges. The first was what is turning out to be vintage Newton Super man as he dove over the pile for the score.
- DE Thomas Keiser - Keiser basically logged a stat every category, one each: INT, pass defensed, tackle for loss, QB hurry, sack, tackle. This guy is going to stick around a while.
- S Charles Godfrey - Godfrey led the Panthers with 9 tackles and a key to shutting dowsing the Blount. He added 2 tackles on special teams as well.
- DE Charles Johnson - Johnson wreaked havoc all day in spite of only logging 3 tackles; they were all for a loss and included a sack, a QB hurry and a pass defensed.
- RB Jonathan Stewart - J-Stew ran 14 times for 80 yards and a TD and added 2 receptions for 19 yards. He also added Tanard Jackson to his 'Bucs that Got Trucked' List.
There are your candidates for Game Ball of the Week.