He’s back.

Just last week we wrote that it was time to panic for Panthers fans unless Cam Newton drastically improved after three terrible performances to start 2017… and he did just that on Sunday.

The Cam Newton that was named the NFL’s MVP during a 15-1 season for the Panthers in 2015 has finally returned, and he showed up just in the nick of time.

The Panthers’ offense exploded for 33 points on the road against the defending Super Bowl champions, and it was all because of the re-emergence of Newton.

Newton’s numbers from Sunday are night and day compared to last week’s:

COMP ATT PASS YDS PASS TD INT RTG RUSH YDS RUSH TDS
Week 3 vs. Saints 17 26 167 0 3 43.8 16 1
Week 4 @ Patriots 22 29 316 3 1 130.8 44 1

The Panthers won two of their first three games thanks to their defense, as they had absolutely no rhythm offensively. That was a recipe for disaster, and with a tough stretch of games ahead, they needed to turn it around fast or else any chance at the postseason could realistically slip away from them before they even reached the midpoint of the season.

Newton and the offense got the memo, and they did just that on Sunday. To make it even better for the Panthers, the Atlanta Falcons, the favorites to repeat as division champions, were handed their first loss of the year in an upset win by the Buffalo Bills.

Looking ahead at the schedule, things do not get any easier for the Panthers. They are staring at another tough road game against the 3-1 Detroit Lions, who have been impressive so far this season.

After that the Panthers will host the 3-1 Philadelphia Eagles on a short week for Thursday Night Football, another tough game that could go either way.

The next two games are certainly still a big challenge for this Panthers team, but suddenly they do not look quite as daunting as they did a few days ago. A 33-30 win on the road against the defending Super Bowl champions is just the confidence boost the Panthers and their fans needed. That, and the fact that quarterback Cam Newton has emerged from his slumber to return to his 2015 MVP form.

Welcome back, Cam.

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