In Super Bowl 50, expect to see quarterback Cam Newton to put on a show and completely outplay Peyton Manning.
On Sunday, many eyes will be on the quarterback match-up between Cam Newton and Peyton Manning. Both have played very well this season to the point that they both deserve to be in the big game on Sunday. This season, Newton has the Carolina Panthers playing their best football in franchise history with a regular season record of 15-1, and Manning has the Broncos continuing their winning ways with a regular season record of 12-4.
The Panthers’ offense during their playoff run has been very explosive and very consistent. The Broncos’ offense on the other hand has had trouble in being consistent and being able to score points. Newton has been playing lights out this season as he has been very careful with the football and having a career-high in number of touchdowns thrown while lowering his interceptions.
The Broncos’ defense will have trouble in containing Newton because of how mobile and physical of a player he is. The Broncos have not played this type of player all season that can cause them to get tired and frustrated. The problems I think the Broncos will have against the Panthers is the height of their receivers. The average height for the Panthers’ receivers is about 6 foot even and the Broncos height for their cornerbacks are about 5 foot 11 which isn’t much of a difference.
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Newton looks like he is a man that is on a mission for the way he is playing this season.
Newton will have his toughest test this weekend because he will have to worry about Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware both will give him problems. Newton will have a big day with that potent screen pass the Panthers deploy since they have two very physical running backs in Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert. They can be a huge problem for the Broncos if they are coming out of the backfield in catching passes.
If the Panthers are in need of a big play, they also have major weapons in Greg Olsen and Ted Ginn Jr. as these veteran players can be the reason the Panthers are able to really push the envelope on offense. One thing that we all know that Newton has over Manning is the speed, he’s lightning fast once he turns on the jets.
Manning on the other hand will have a tough time because he hasn’t looked the same this season with all the injuries he has suffered. When I watch him throwing the football, he seems to have no power behind the ball anymore. He will have to worry about the Panthers’ defensive secondary who are very physical and can easily turn the game in their favor with creating turnovers.
It will be very interesting to see how Manning handles all the blitzes, pressures and confusing defensive strategies the Panthers will deploy against him. The frontline of the Panthers’ defense have plenty of veterans that will help the younger players in the big game get through all the jitterbugs.
Manning will not able to settle in the pocket and look to make a deep throw down the field with how aggressive the Panthers play. Manning has not be able to stay healthy the past two seasons with a variety of injuries. This season, he had his worst quarterback rating in his entire career at 67.9%, which is amongst the worst in the NFL.
Jan 24, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) runs during the game against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
From what I saw against the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots, Manning wasn’t able to even make a throw right over the middle when receivers were wide open. I just think Manning is physically and almost mentally ready to call it quits. The amount of blitzing and different schemes the Panthers use will confuse Manning which will lead to a very frustrating game. Manning will struggle and this will make the Broncos’ defense be on the field more than they would like.
Newton is out to prove a point and make a statement in Super Bowl 50. He has worked hard on and off the field in becoming a leader and proven quarterback in the NFL. Newton’s physicality and mobility will be a game changer in allowing the Panthers to win their first ever Super Bowl. Newton will struggle during the game but he will able to produce and make huge plays in what should be a huge game in his favor.
I think the age difference along with the health of both players will be a big difference in how these two exceptionally gifted quarterbacks perform. Newton will be able to provide the spark by being able to run the ball because this game will come down to inches. I think Newton will be able to make enough key plays that will allow the Panthers to become victorious.