The Carolina Panthers will be without their most important piece when they face Tampa Bay.
On Monday night, the Carolina Panthers (1-3, 1-1) will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3, 1-1). Panthers’ starting quarterback Cam Newton will sit out of the Monday night football game due to concussion protocol. Panthers’ backup quarterback Derek Anderson will start against Tampa Bay.
In Carolina’s previous game, they lost to the Atlanta Falcons 48-33. Cam Newton left the game in the fourth quarter sustaining a concussion after a hit from Deion Jones. Newton ran for a two-point conversion and was successful, though he sustained a hit to the head. Jones was not called for a penalty because he hit Newton with the side of his helmet. The hit was obviously not intentional, despite Newton undergoing concussion protocol.
Losing Newton means that the Carolina Panthers will be without their starting quarterback and leading rusher. During this current season, Newton has completed 77 of 133 passes for 974 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions, and rushed 29 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns. In four games, Newton is responsible for a total of eight touchdowns this season.
The Carolina Panthers average 27.3 points per game. With Newton absent in Monday night’s game, Carolina will miss a large portion of their offense in the passing and running game. Carolina will rely heavily on Derek Anderson for the quarterback duties and Cameron Artis-Payne and Fozzy Whittaker in the running game.