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Who Ya Got: Cam Newton or Tim Tebow? [POLL]

The majority of pro football pundits don’t believe in Tim Tebow, but after pulling out another big win in OT against the division rival Chargers, it’s hard to deny Jesus Jr’s got “it”. His passing numbers are way less than stellar but it’s his ability to run with the ball that keeps the Mile High guys in the W column. On the flip side of the coin, you have Cam Newton, who’s putting up ridiculous record-breaking numbers for a rookie QB but only has a 3-8 record to show for it. Critics claim Tebow’s days are numbered; that it’s only a matter of time before defensive coordinators catch on to stopping the option attack and force him to throw the ball 30-40 times a game. Meanwhile, the Panthers’ losses can’t be blamed on Superman, but is Cam’s killer beginning to a pro career merely a fluke? Can he carry the team on his shoulders like Tebow has? Check out each player’s highlights below then cast your vote for who you’d rather have at QB in our poll at the bottom.

TIM TEBOW

  • 2× Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week – Weeks 10 and 16 (2010)
  • Has the longest touchdown run for a quarterback in Broncos history and the longest touchdown run in NFL history for a quarterback in his first start.
  • Became just the third quarterback in NFL history to throw for a touchdown of 30 or more yards and run for a touchdown of 40 or more yards in the same game.
  • He finished his debut game with a 100.5 passer rating, the highest ever in team history for a professional debut.
  • The first quarterback in NFL history to rush for a touchdown in each of his first three career starts.
  • The fifth quarterback since 1980 to win a game after being the sole quarterback on the winning team to complete two or fewer passes.

CAM NEWTON

NFL records:

  • Most passing yards by a quarterback in debut game (422), September 11, 2011 vs. Arizona Cardinals
  • Most passing yards by a quarterback in first two games (854), September 11, 2011 vs. Arizona Cardinals and September 18, 2011 vs Green Bay Packers[61]
  • Most passing yards by a rookie in a game (432), September 18, 2011 vs. Green Bay Packers
  • Most rushing touchdowns by a rookie quarterback (9), November 20, 2011 vs Detroit Lions
  • First quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 400 yards in first career start, September 11, 2011 vs. Arizona Cardinals
  • Sixth quarterback to throw for 400+ yards in back to back games
  • First quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 400 yards in first two career starts, September 11, 2011 vs. Arizona Cardinals and September 18, 2011 vs. Green Bay Packers
  • First rookie in NFL history to pass for more than 400 yards in back to back games, September 11, 2011 vs. Arizona Cardinals and September 18, 2011 vs. Green Bay Packers
  • Fastest player to throw for 1,000 yards (at Arizona Cardinals, vs Green Bay Packers, and vs Jacksonville Jaguars).
  • First player in NFL history with at least five rushing touchdowns and five passing touchdowns in his first five games

Carolina Panthers franchise records:

  • Most passing yards in a single game (432), September 18, 2011 vs. Green Bay Packers
  • Most passing yards in first two games of season (854), September 11, 2011 vs. Arizona Cardinals and September 18, 2011 vs. Green Bay Packers
  • Most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a season (9 touchdowns through week 11 of the 2011 season)

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