CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 13: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers drops back to throw a pass during their preseason game against the New York Giants at Bank of America Stadium on August 13, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

NFL Preseason: Cam Newton Debuts As Panthers Defeat Giants

Cam Newton made his debut for the Carolina Panthers, completing eight of 19 passes for 134 yards and no touchdowns in Carolina's 20-10 win over the New York Giants.

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Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton Vs. New York Giants First Team

Perhaps the most anticipated rookie debut in the first NFL preseason weekend of the year was QB Cam Newton with the Carolina Panthers. He was the No. 1 overall pick so the anticipation was expected and he turned in expected results -- not great but not awful either.

On the day, Newton completed 8-of-19 passes for 134 yards and no touchdowns. Those numbers won't wow anyone but he did the lead the team on two field-goal drives.

SB Nation's Cat Scratch Reader ran the numbers on Newton's time against the Giants first team defense and reports he completed 3-of-7 passes for 52 yards. Even though it's just the preseason, Cat Scratch Reader broke down his four incompletions against the Giants first team.

Two of Cam's four incompletions came in one series in the red zone where Newton fired passes to WR Brandon LaFell. The first of which the Giants DB made an excellent play on the ball and batted it down, the second of which hit LaFell's hands, but he couldn't reign it in. On both occasions these were good throws and Newton squeezed the ball into a tight window. Another incompletion came on what amounted to a throw away when Newton way backed up and threw the ball about 10 yards shy of Legedu Naanee, and the last one was an overthrow to Greg Olsen.

Mixed results as we expected. The good news is that Newton was able to move the ball down the field. He didn't get it into the end zone but he was part of two drives that put points on the board so that's the positive to take away from this.

We'll wait until next week before our next set of Cam Newton grades. Check out Cat Scratch Reader for the full update on how Newton did in his first NFL game. (And to prove how little preseason results actually matter, I went through an entire update without mentioning the final score -- 20-10, Panthers.)


Vikings Vs. Titans, QB Watch: Donovan McNabb, Christian Ponder, Matt Hasselbeck, Jake Locker

The Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings met on Thursday night in a game with multiple story lines, and almost all of them involving quarterbacks. There was QB Donovan McNabb's first game with the Vikings since the Washington Redskins traded him several weeks ago. There was QB Matt Hasselbeck's first game with the Titans since signing with them in free agency earlier this month. Then there were the rookie quarterbacks -- QB Christian Ponder and QB Jake Locker.

A night of quarterbacks and, for the most part, all of them played well -- or at least they didn't totally blow it.

McNabb completed four of his first five passes and finished 6-of-11 for 40 yards. He played just two series' before exiting the game. QB Joe Webb came in after McNabb and played the second and third quarter before Ponder came in with about eight minutes left. He completed 8-of-13 passes for 84 yards.

Hasselbeck's first game with the Titans went pretty well overall. He completed five of his six passes and looked sharp before a botched handoff turned into a huge loss. Other than that, Hasselbeck looked solid in his Titans debut. Locker looked really strong including one play that folks will remember. He fumbled the snap, picked it up and rolled to his right hitting WR Yamon Figurs for a 45-yard touchdown. Locker finished 7-of-10 for 89 yards.

It was a night for quarterbacks and, surprisingly, none of them played terrible. That's always a concern with rookie quarterbacks in the preseason, especially in a year like this where this where they first practiced with the team just two weeks ago.

Check out Daily Norseman for the Vikings report card and stick to Music City Miracles for three offensive players that looked good on Saturday night.


Panthers Vs. Giants: Cam Newton Experiences Mixed Results In NFL Preseason Opener

No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton received the majority of the snaps for the Carolina Panthers in their NFL preseason opener against the New York Giants on Saturday night. Ultimately, what resulted was a mixed bag. Newton really struggled with his accuracy, completing only eight of 19 passes. However, he did get 134 yards, committed zero turnovers and led two scoring drives despite not throwing a touchdown pass.

Afterwards, Newton felt pretty good about his performance.

"I was just trying to go out there and first off prove to myself that I could play on this level," Newton said. "After that first little completion, I started to get the juices flowing. It was like, ‘Hey, I'm in the NFL,' and I started to get a little swagger about myself."

SB Nation's Panthers blog Cat Scratch Reader was also encouraged, saying that while Newton's accuracy was a bit off, his reads and progression was sound. The same cannot be said for Jimmy Clausen, who began the game by throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown.


Bears Vs. Bills Score: Chicago Wins First Preseason Game In Low Scoring Affair, 10-3

It wasn't pretty, but the Chicago Bears took care of business on Saturday night, downing the Buffalo Bills, 10-3. Jay Cutler got the start for the Bears, but was quickly out of the game as is customary early in the preseason. And with the way the Chicago offensive line was playing, it was probably a good thing Cutler was out of the game in a hurry.

The Bears gave up nine sacks on the game as Cutler, Caleb Hanie and Nathan Enderle ran for their lives when dropping back to pass. Cutler completed his only pass of the game for a grand total of zero yards, while Enderle led the way with 100 yards and an interception. Hanie was the only player to find the end zone, keeping it himself on a four-yard scamper in the second quarter.

Levi Brown completed seven of 15 passes for 53 yards and an interception for the Bills, with Ryan Fitzpatrick adding 44 yards on seven of nine passing. Naaman Roosevelt led the Bills receivers with three catches for 26 yards. Danny Battan and Shawne Merriman each recorded a pair of sacks, as well.

Check out Buffalo Rumblings and Windy City Gridiron for more on this game


Rams Vs. Colts Score: St. Louis Rolls To Victory, 33-10

Without Peyton Manning, the Indianapolis Colts offense was nearly punchless on Saturday night as the St. Louis Rams rolled to victory, 33-10. Sam Bradford started for the Rams, engineering three scoring drives -- two touchdowns and a field goal -- in four possessions, giving St. Louis all the cushion it needed in the win.

Bradford finished the day 7-12 for 45 yards and a touchdown, coming on a six-yard strike to Lance Kendricks in the first quarter. Kendricks led the Rams' receivers with five catches for 47 yards and a touchdown on the night. Keith Tolston added 11 carries for 64 yards and a touchdown, with Cadillac Williams added another 40 yards and a score on the ground for the Rams.

Dan Orlovsky took the bulk of the snaps at quarterback for the Colts, completing just four of 10 passes for 111 yards, one touchdown and an interception. The Colts lone score came on a 44-yard strike from Orlovsky to Taj Smith. Curtis Painter completed three of six passes for 55 yards and an interception in relief.

Check out Stampede Blue and Turf Show Times for more on this game.


Titans Vs. Vikings Score: Jake Locker Solid As Tennessee Downs Minnesota, 14-3

Jake Locker's NFL career began on the right foot on Saturday night as the Tennessee Titans downed the Minnesota Vikings, 14-3. Matt Hasselbeck began the game for the Titans, giving way to Locker after completing five of six passes for 55 yards early on. With Locker at the helm, the Tennessee offense fared well, perhaps giving fans a glimpse of the future.

Locker completed seven of 10 passes for 89 yards and the Titans' only passing touchdown of the game. In the second quarter, Locker found Yamon Figurs for 45 yards and the score, giving the Titans a 7-0 lead. The rookie quarterback was at the helm as the Titans scored their second touchdown of the game a short time later, coming on a two-yard Jamie Harper plunge.

Christian Ponder also made his debut, but didn't fare quite as well, though his start was far from disastrous. The rookie out of Florida State completed eight of 13 passes for 84 yards to lead the Vikings' quarterbacks. Donovan McNabb was 6-11 for 40 yards and Joe Webb completed four of eight passes for 45 yards, but also threw an interception.

Check out Daily Norseman and Music City Miracles for more on this game game.


Panthers Vs. Giants Score: Cam Newton Makes Debut In Carolina Win, 20-10

Cam Newton made his NFL debut, taking the majority of the snaps for the Carolina Panthers in a 20-10 win over the New York Giants. Newton relieved Jimmy Clausen, who was 4-7 for 69 yards, a touchdown and an interception, in the second quarter, completing his first pass on his first snap. While he wasn't perfect, the former Auburn quarterback did show positive signs, though his mechanics still need work.

Newton finished the game 8-19 for 134 yards, but did not throw a touchdown. However, he didn't throw an interception, either, and led the Panthers to two scoring drives, both of which ended in field goals. Kealoha Pilares caught a 34-yard touchdown from Derek Anderson, who was 3-4 on the day, to seal the game in the fourth. Greg Olsen caught the Panthers' first touchdown of the game to knot the score at seven.

The Giants only touchdown of the game came courtesy of Jimmy Clausen. Early in the first, Clausen was picked-off by Michael Boley, resulting in an interception return for a touchdown. Lawrence Tynes added a 38-yard field goal in the third quarter, as well.

Check out Big Blue View and Cat Scratch Reader for more on this game


Packers Vs. Browns Score: Aaron Rodgers Efficient, Cleveland Leads In Third Quarter

Aaron Rodgers didn't play much, but was efficient while in the game on Saturday night. The Green Bay Packers finally began the follow-up to their Super Bowl season, facing the Cleveland Browns in an exhibition game in Cleveland. But it's the Browns who hold the upper-hand in the third, leading the Packers by a 24-17 margin.

Rodgers completed 6-8 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. In the first, he found Greg Jennings for 21 yards and the score as the Packers drew level with the Browns at 7-7. With his limited amount of work in the books, Rodgers gave way to Matt Flynn, who has taken the bulk of the snaps under center for the Packers.

On the other side of the ball, Colt McCoy has been almost perfect, completing 9-10 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. Peyton Hillis had five carries for 15 yards and a score, which came on a three-yard scamper. Demetrius Williams leads the Browns receivers with three catches for 32 yards.

Check out Acme Packing Company and Dawgs By Nature for live commentary during the game.


Cam Newton Makes NFL Debut As Carolina Panthers Battle New York Giants

Cam Newton made his much-anticipated debut with the Carolina Panthers on Saturday night, entering the game to a standing ovation in the second quarter. Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, was clearly what the fans came to see, and delivered right away with a quick pass for a first down on his first snap.

Newton was given an easy play to work with, perhaps in an effort to shake the butterflies. On his first play from scrimmage, he faked the handoff, rolled to his right and dumped a quick pass to Greg Olsen for a nice gain and first down. His second pass, on the very next play, was incomplete, but he showed nice poise eluding the rush by shuffling up in the pocket.

After two more first downs on the ground, Newton hit Olsen again, this time for a 30-yard gain to setup first and goal. The throw was right on the money and the crowd was certainly impressed. Newton finished the drive completing 2-5 passes for 40 yards.

However, the drive stalled inside the 10-yard-line after a short run and two incomplete passes, forcing the Panthers to kick a field goal. Olindo Mare's kick was true and the Panthers took a three-point lead over the New York Giants, 10-7.

Check out Big Blue View and Cat Scratch Reader for live commentary during the game.


Packers Vs. Browns: Game Time, TV Schedule, Position Battles And More

Colt McCoy, Peyton Hillis and the Browns will host Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews and the Super Bowl champion Packers on NFL Network Saturday, August 13, at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Packers are 2.5-point favorites as the Browns are being led by new head coach Pat Shurmur.


Colts Vs. Rams: Game Time, TV Schedule, Position Battles And More

A Manning-less Colts team will take on the Rams in St. Louis on Saturday night. The Rams have plenty of weapons for the 2011 season. Now they just need to narrow those weapons down to see who fits where.


Bills Vs. Bears: Game Time, TV Schedule, Position Battles And More

The Bills travel to Chicago to take on the Bears in week one of the 2011 NFL preseason schedule on Saturday night at 7 p.m. CST (8 p.m. ET). Both teams will be showing off new defensive members and the Bears new offensive line could have their hands full with Shawne Merriman, the Bills new linebacker. Each team could also be looking to trade a wide receiver soon, Lee Evans of the Bills and Johnny Knox of the Bears.


Giants Vs. Panthers: Game Time, TV Schedule, Position Battles And More

Eli Manning and the Giants are set to take on Cam Newton and the Panthers in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday, August 13, at 8 p.m. Will Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, prove that he was worth the risk?


Vikings Vs. Titans: Game Time, TV Schedule, Position Battles And More

Two teams, the Vikings and the Titans, with two very similar quarterback situations will face off against each other on Saturday night in Nashville.


NFL Preseason Schedule Continues With Packers-Browns, Colts-Rams And More

The 2011 NFL preseason rolls on Saturday with five more games: Packers-Browns, Bills-Bears, Colts-Rams, Vikings-Titans and Giants-Panthers.

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