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WFT Outlast Carolina In Newton’s Return

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Bank Of America Stadium — In a week 11 showdown, WFT (4-6) defeated the Carolina Panthers (5-6) 27-21. Despite the return of 2015 MVP Cam Newton, it was Taylor Heinicke who stole the day. Let’s look at the top 3 takeaways from this game.

Heinicke and WFT Offense Dominate

What an impressive performance by former Carolina backup Taylor Heinicke. On a day where all eyes were on Cam Newton and the Panthers’ offense, Heinicke had a career game against a rugged Carolina defense. It seemed like the WFT offense was just humming today. They had 5 scoring drives ranging between 6 and 15 plays per drive. Heinicke threw three touchdowns to three different receivers as well. It seemed like any time WFT needed a play, Heinicke turned into Brett Favre and torched the Panthers over and over. Heinicke had multiple big plays, connecting with WR Terry McLaurin. He also threw multiple tight window throws; the first TD pass TD to Cam Sims stands out in particular. Heinicke finished the game with 16/22 206 passing yards and 3 TDs.

Cam Newton Keeps Carolina Relevant

Despite this close loss to WFT, don’t count out Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. They may not have won this game, but the offense looked completely different with Newton in the lineup. Cam Newton had an impressive game himself. He was a rushing and passing threat for the Panthers offense, scoring 3 total TDs. He also brings a swagger to this team as well. Watch how the team reacts after each TD score. They are a joy to watch.

Wild Card Playoff Implication

Both WFT and Carolina are in the NFC Wild Card race. The prevailing theory seems to be that 10 wins will secure a WC spot. The most likely scenario is that only one of these teams will make the playoffs if either can. Both the NFC South and East seem to have a clear-cut winner, and it’s not Carolina or WFT. This means that these two, along with the runner-ups for the West and the Vikings will all be battling for the third WC spot during the backend of this season.

What’s Next for WFT and Carolina

WFT will face the lowly Seattle Seahawks next week on MNF. Look for a big game from WFT RB Antonio Gibson.

Carolina will face a confident Miami Dolphins team. Watch for Cam and CMC to #KeepPounding

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