Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers reached deep into their bag of tricks during the first half against the Houston Texans on Sunday. On second and six at Houston's 7-yard line, the rookie phenom lined up under center with tight end Richie Brockel crouched directly to his right. In what already looked like a strange formation, Newton snapped the ball with the offensive line still standing, spun around the still-Brockel and started running to his right with running back DeAngelo Williams following.
But Newton, who set the NFL single-season record for rushing TDs by a quarterback last week, had subtly handed the ball to Brockel as he went around him. With the defense unsure who to pursue, Brockel dashed to his left with a convoy of linemen paving a path to the end zone. The score put the Panthers up 21-0 late in the second quarter, which was too much for quarterback T.J. Yates and the Texans to overcome in the second half.
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