SEATTLE — There is no denying that the Carolina Panther’s 2016 campaign has been all but a lost season.
To make things a little more frustrating, quarterback and reigning league MVP Cam Newton was benched for the start of Sunday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks due to a dress code violation.
“I didn’t follow dress code and coach told me I wasn’t going to start,” said Newton, in a postgame interview, according to ESPN. “I stand by his decision.”
Backup quarterback Derek Anderson, who came in during the game’s first series, was immediately picked off by Seahawks linebacker Mike Morgan on a pass that bounced off of fullback Mike Tolbert’s hands and into his arms.
It was the first time in Newton’s six-year career that he didn’t start a game due to anything other than an injury.
Through 11 games, Newton has posted a career-low in passer rating (80.6) and completion percentage. (54.7) He has 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
The Panthers went on to lose 40-7.
After going 15-1 in 2015, with a trip to the Super Bowl, the Panthers are 4-8 and last in the NFC South.