The Carolina Panthers weren't supposed to be here, heck, neither was Cam Newton.
The most notable thing that the quarterback managed last year was crashing his truck while driving through Charlotte, suffering two fractures in his back in the process.
Ever since that crash though, Newton and the Panthers have been unstoppable, winning every single regular season game they've played. It wasn't supposed to happen, but the Panthers have been irrepressible and Newton the conductor of this fine orchestra, proving that he is far and away the leading candidate for 2015 MVP.
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Newton was impeccable on Sunday yet again. The former Auburn star and first overall pick threw for 340 passing yards, ran for 100 more and notched up five touchdowns in the process - a mesmerising display of total one-man domination if ever there was.
It's also the performance that has almost certainly crowned Newton as 2015 MVP, with good reason. Nobody expected the Panthers to be 14-0 and it would have been ludicrous to even call Cam a Pro-Bowl potential before the start of the year. That's truly how bad the rest of the offense in Carolina is.
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Tom Brady gets to throw to a receiving corps that contains the four-time Pro Bowler Rob Gronkowski and probably the best slot receiver in the entire NFL in Julian Edelman. In Arizona, Carson Palmer has Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown to catch passes, while also being able to fall back on an exceptional run game with Chris Johnson, his namesake David, and Andre Ellington.
Newton doesn't have any of that around him. Barring Greg Olsen, not one member of the Panthers offense has been to a Pro Bowl. Ted Ginn and Jerricho Cotcherry are cast offs from other teams, while Corey Brown went undrafted in 2014 and Devin Funchess missed the majority of his career with injury.
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Heading into the season - with Kelvin Benjamin out for the entire year with a torn ACL - nobody gave the Panthers a hope in hell of making the playoffs. Their offense was laughed at.
The fact that Cam Newton has got this offense to 14-0, scoring 5 touchdowns in his last three games, is unbelievable. And if you think there is anyone else in the NFL who deserves MVP more than him you are wrong, so very, very wrong.
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