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Cam Newton won’t be ‘lured in’ by talk of undefeated season


Cam Newton did his best to downplay any notion that at 11-0, neither he nor any other member of the Carolina Panthers organization will be distracted by talk of going undefeated in the regular season.

Coming off a convincing win over the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, the Panthers signal-caller insists he won’t be “lured in” to a discussion concerning whether or not the Panthers can rattle off five more victories to go 16-0.

When asked if being the only undefeated team left in the NFL after the New England Patriots fell to the Denver Broncos Sunday night has any significance, Newton made it clear it does not.

“I could care less,” he replied, perĀ tweets from the AP’s Steve Reed chronicling Newton’s comments to the media Tuesday, via Pro Football Talk. “It’s just ink for the media.”

Despite Newton’s insistence, it is more than feasible that the Panthers could finish the season 16-0 after taking a look at the team’s schedule. Following Sunday’s game on the road against the mediocre New Orleans Saints, they play at home against the reeling Atlanta Falcons, who have stumbled mightily after starting the season 5-0.

A potentially tough game at MetLife Stadium against the New York Giants follows, which in turn is followed by a tilt at home against the Falcons. The Panthers then wrap up the regular season by hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium.

With all that in mind, it’s definitely doable. Just don’t ask Cam Newton about it. Unlike his patented celebratory touchdown dances, such inquiries don’t take him to his “happy place.”