Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke spoils former MVP Cam Newton’s homecoming. Out of the two quarterbacks, Heinicke is the less popular. However, he also made his return to North Carolina on Sunday. Heinicke went on to upstage the veteran Newton by throwing 206 yards and three touchdowns against the league’s top-ranked pass defense. The Washington Football Team went on to defeat the Carolina Panthers, 27-21.
Washington’s rising star receiver Terry McLaurin recorded five catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. The Football Team had 369 yards of total offense. Heinicke mentions winning at Carolina “didn’t mean that much” to him personally because he only spent one season there.
“To know we were going to win with those last two kneel-downs was nice,” Heinicke said.
As a result of the win, Washington’s team presented head coach Ron Rivera with the game ball. This game meant more to Rivera and Newton than anyone else in the ball game. Their ties with each other and the memories they share at that stadium are hard to recreate.
“I felt good. I really did,” said Rivera, who was cheered by the crowd before the game. “It was fun. And it would’ve been disappointing if it went the other way.”
Cam Newton’s Season Debut as Starter
Newton is attempting to help steer the Panthers toward a playoff run in his first start. Newton provided several glimpses of hope and big moments; however, it wasn’t enough. He threw for 189 yards, two touchdowns, and rushed for a 24-yard touchdown as well.
Unfortunately, in the biggest moments of the game, Newton seemed to fold. The final two offensive possessions the Panthers received could have been potential game-winning drives. Instead, those two drives ended in turnovers.
“I thought Cam was excellent,” Rhule said. “From where we are, being a week into it, I thought he did a nice job.”
“Being able to get completions is something that every two-minute offense is predicated on,” Newton said. “It’s just the little minute things that come down signals and things like that. I have to get in the book and really get a grasp on it.”