The first two years with Cam Newton were certainly exciting, though not very productive, for the Carolina Panthers.
Newton put up eye-opening fantasy football numbers in 2011-12, passing for almost 8,000 yards, rushing for another 1,400, and accounting for 62 touchdowns. But he didn’t produce many wins, going 13-19 as the Panthers and their leaky defense lost a lot of shootouts.
This year, Newton and the Panthers are a lot more boring — but no one in Carolina seems to mind. Their offensive stats may be a little down, but Newton’s decision-making is much improved, and the Panthers are winning games on the strength of a nasty defense — a formula straight from the 1985 Bears, of which Panthers coach Ron Rivera was a member. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.