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Cam Newton cooling off

After a record-setting start to the season, Carolina rookie quarterback Cam Newton has cooled off a bit in recent weeks.

In Sunday’s loss to Atlanta, Newton had his first game without a touchdown pass and he was intercepted three times. He now is tied for the league lead with nine interceptions.

In the first four games of the season, Newton completed 59.5 percent of his passes, averaged 346.5 passing yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions and compiled an 84.5 NFL passer rating.

In the past two games, Newton has completed 56.1 percent of his passes, averaged 230.5 passing yards per game with two touchdowns and four interceptions while compiling a 62.8 NFL passer rating.

On the bright side, Newton continues to rank high in several other categories. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Newton’s 46.9 completion percentage when under duress or hit while throwing ranks fifth in the league.

Newton also continues to make plays with his legs. He has run for six touchdowns already and that ties him with Tim Tebow and Chris Weinke for the most rushing touchdowns by a rookie quarterback since the NFL-AFL merger. The record is seven and was set by Vince Young in 2006.