NFC player of the week: Cam Newton snubbed

Al Messerschmidt

Despite almost identical passing numbers the Panthers' quarterback was overlooked this week.

Nick Foles has won the NFC offensive player of the week award on the back of a 296-yard passing performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Foles threw three touchdowns in his team's win, in a came that eerily mirrored than of Cam Newton.

The award shouldn't be a surprise as Philadelphia attracted far more eyes than Carolina this week, but it's hard to feel comfortable with Newton getting overlooked. Both quarterback's games were astonishingly similar, but the Panthers had the more efficient quarterback.

Foles: 22/31 (71%), 296 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT -- 133.3 quarterback rating. 3 rushing attempts, 2 yards, 1 TD

Newton: 20/26 (76.9%), 242 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT -- 143.4 quarterback rating. 9 rushing attempts, 30 yards, 1 TD

Just 26 all-purpose yards separate both quarterbacks, but Newton was the more accurate passer on the day.

Opposing defenses is probably a fair justification for why Newton was overlooked. The Vikings allow 60 more yards through the air on average, which probably pushed Foles to victory -- but it's still rough to see Newton overlooked on one of his best days as a passer.

The Chip Kelly effect is hard to ignore. He's built one of the league's most potent offenses, while Newton has the middling Mike Shula to craft his. It feels like Newton did more with less, but obviously voters saw it differently.

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