By Lewis Gould
The WFT hosts the Carolina Panthers Sunday at 1 pm on Fox.
Line: Panthers -3.5 | Total: 43
Coach Matt Rhule would not officially name Cam Newton the starter but this week’s first-team reps have gone to Carolina’s prodigal son, all but ensuring that Newton will see much more than the nine snaps he played in his first game back in a Panthers uniform.
The practice should help re-establish his connection with receiver D.J. Moore and the now-healthy Christian McCaffrey, breathing new life into the Panthers’ (5-5) playoff hopes.
Against a Washington (3-6) team led by the former Panthers coach Ron Rivera, Newton — and backup P.J. Walker — will face less of a pass rush with Chase Young out after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament. If Newton takes care of the ball, his first game back at Bank of America Stadium should be filled with Superman celebrations.