“They are doing really well,” Nolan said. “We’ve got our hands full.”
The Panthers also average 130 yards rushing per game, which ranks eighth in the league, and they lead the league in time-of-possession average at 33:40 minutes.
Last season, Newton did some damage in both games rushing.
“You have to be prepared because it only takes one to go to the house,” Nolan said. “As we experienced last year, Cam in both games, had explosive runs, one for 70 something yards and a touchdown. The other one wasn’t for a touchdown, but it was the second or third play of the game, and he got a big gain.”
Nolan may elect to shadow or keep a spy on Newton.
“You must be disciplined,” Nolan said. “We got pinned last time, last year. Both runs were similar to what the run was last week (Andre Ellington’s 80-yard run). It was a similar thing. He went inside, everybody collapsed, and he got outside. We can’t allow that to happen.”