Sunday’s Week Two matchup between the Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills should keep viewers on the edge of their seats. The two guys behind centre, Cam Newton and Tyrod Taylor. have a unique flare to their game. The accolades they’ve accumulated thanks to their arms and legs speak for themselves.
Since 2015, the two have led the league in many rushing statistics by quarterbacks. In rushing yards, Taylor (1,186) tops Newton (998) over the past two seasons. But Newton (15) has the upper hand over Taylor (10) in rushing touchdowns.
Historically, Newton and Taylor are just two of six NFL quarterbacks ever to produce consecutive 3,000-yard passing and 500-yard rushing seasons. Some of the Bills defenders acknowledged the challenge they’ll face on Sunday.
“Cam Newton’s a very dynamic quarterback. He can beat you with his arm, his legs, so you know we have to be fundamentally sound on defense,” Jerry Hughes said.
After propelling the Carolina Panthers to a 15-1 record in 2015, Newton earned NFL MVP honors. Even though he has never played against Newton, defensive end Shaq Lawson knows what the former MVP brings to the table.
“Cam Newton’s a former MVP… we have to wrap up, he’s going to try to extend plays and make plays. We just have to be ready for that and tackle him come game time,” Lawson said.
Both defences are going to have their hands full this weekend with the challenges Newton and Taylor offer.