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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginias Skyler Howard jumped just before safety Mike Lee plowed into him near the Kansas end zone, sending the quarterback into an awkward somersault and a hard landing on his right hip.Howard got up from the second-quarter scare at the end of the 15-yard run and went back to the huddle. His gutsy play epitomized his determination to restore confidence in an offense that looked flat a week ago in the Mountaineers first loss of the season.He plays his best when hes like that, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. I thought he sparked us.Howard threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores to lead No. 20 West Virginia to a 48-21 victory over Kansas on Saturday night, sending the Jayhawks to their 40th straight road loss.Howard was nonchalant about the big hit, saying he was fortunate he didnt end up in worse shape.When I was in the air, it felt like forever, he said.West Virginias Shelton Gibson, who had 102 receiving yards, including TD grabs of 19 and 32 yards, was a bit more serious about it, knowing how much his quarterback means to the team.I grabbed his facemask and said, `I dont want to ever, ever see you do that again, Gibson said.West Virginia (7-1, 4-1 Big 12, No. 14 AP) bounced back from a 37-20 loss at Oklahoma State by piling up 605 yards of offense against the Jayhawks (1-8, 0-6).Howard completed 16 of 27 passes for 260 yards and helped get the Mountaineers momentum back as they head into a tough four-week stretch that includes home games against Oklahoma on Nov. 19 and Baylor on Dec. 3.It wasnt pretty, but well take it and move on to the next one, Holgorsen said.Kansas lost its 18th straight conference game and hasnt won on the road since beating UTEP in September 2009.Those are some resilient dudes in there, Kansas coach David Beaty said. They hate losing with a passion. Im proud of them for continuing to fight, I promise you that.THE TAKEAWAYKansas: The Jayhawks didnt get off to the fast start that Beaty had hoped for. Kansas trailed 31-0 at halftime. The Jayhawks will have one more chance this season to break the road futility streak on Nov. 26 at Kansas State, which hasnt lost to Kansas at home since 2007.West Virginia: The Mountaineers kept pace with first-place Oklahoma by doing what they was expected to do against heavy-underdog Kansas -- score early and often and play respectable defense. Rasul Douglas made two interceptions, but a late surge by Kansas halted the Mountaineers streak of four straight games of limiting opponents under 400 total yards.SOLID RUNNERSWest Virginias Justin Crawford ran for 129 yards and a score, and freshman Kennedy McKoy had 127 yards. The pair shared the rushing load in place of Rushel Shell, who missed the game with an ankle injury sustained a week ago.Holgorsen said it took him a few series to decide whether to thrown downfield all game or pound the ball on the ground. West Virginia amassed 341 rushing yards a year after running for 426 yards against the Jayhawks.POLL IMPLICATIONSDoubling up on Kansas might move the Mountaineers up a few spots in the AP poll , only because other teams ahead of them lost, including Baylor.STANLEY SHARPKansas quarterback Carter Stanley was effective in relief of Montell Cozart, completing 9 of 11 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Beaty said Cozart left the game in the third quarter with concussion symptoms.UP NEXTKansas heads home to play Iowa State next Saturday. The teams are tied for last place in the Big 12.West Virginia heads to Texas, which is coming off a 47-37 win at Texas Tech. 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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is coming off of the best season of his professional career. In 2015, Newton set career-best marks in just about every statistical category en route to his first MVP award, and his 15-1 Panthers made it to the Super Bowl. While you can say Newton had a wonderful defense at his back, few would look at Newtons supporting cast on paper and suggest that the former first overall pick had much help. His tackles were castoffs Michael Oher and Mike Remmers. His top wideout, Kelvin Benjamin, went down for the year before the season even started. Newton elevated the likes of Ted Ginn Jr. and Devin Funchess into a functional receiving corps.Every other playoff team had more weapons than Carolina. With Newton, that didnt matter.But 2015 is in the books. Theres a chance weve already seen Newtons best season, which isnt remotely bad considering a player who peaks as an MVP is quite a player. During his career, though, Newton has continually taken on challenges and exceeded expectations. He led Auburn to the most unlikely of national titles, and after a poll of league executives suggested Blaine Gabbert was the best quarterback in the 2011 draft, Newton emerged as the best offensive player from his draft class. Cam led the Panthers to a division title in 2013, and in the famously topsy-turvy NFC South, Carolina managed to repeat during an up-and-down 2014 before a dominant 2015. His growth has also occurred during a time when the surrounding cast, from weapons to blocking, has remained a question mark.So, now what?Newton doesnt need to get better. He could take a step backward and still be an incredibly valuable quarterback. For a player as driven and impactful as he is, though, the possibility that he might still improve is exciting. As is the case with every player in football, there are places where Newton can grow and further develop. The former first overall pick only turned 27 in May, and theres still a reasonable chance Newton pushes forward. Lets figure out what an even better version of Newton might look like in 2016 and beyond.Cam in 2015Figuring out what an improved Newton might look like in 2016 starts by understanding what he did in 2015 and how likely some elements of that performance are to carry over. Its entirely possible that he could perform better on a play-by-play basis and produce worse numbers or win fewer games.While Newton posted career bests in many categories, a look at those broader categories doesnt produce many dramatic outliers. His completion percentage (59.8 percent) and yards per attempt (7.8) were right in line or slightly ahead of his career averages. His interception rate dropped from a career mark of 2.8 percent to 2.0 percent, which is roughly a difference of about 3-4 interceptions per year in a typical Newton season. His passer rating leaped from a career mark of 85.4 to 99.4, and his 57.4 QBR through 2014 jumped to a mark of 66.0 last season.Theres nothing outlandish in those numbers, which itself tells a story: Newton didnt have the statistical record of a typical MVP-caliber quarterback in the traditional way. Ive noted in the past in looking at MVPs that they tend to be quarterbacks on highly successful teams (duh) and/or players who lead their position in terms of fantasy points scored. Newton didnt produce the sort of outlandish passing efficiency figures of a Tom Brady, but his incredible value as a runner led him to lead all NFL quarterbacks in fantasy points in a standard league.Carolinas interior running is the heart of its offense, with an inventive scheme from offensive coordinator Mike Shula built to support the core of his team. The strength of the Panthers offensive line is on the interior, with All-Pro center Ryan Kalil joined by emerging star right guard Trai Turner to carve out holes for Newton and lead running back Jonathan Stewart. This combination helped the Panthers become?the second-best team in the league in what Football Outsiders describes as power situations,?where they needed two yards or less to go for a first down or a touchdown. Newton was 26-of-30 (86.7 percent) in picking up first downs with two yards or less to go last year against a league average of 66.9 percent. Thats efficiency in an entirely different way.Newton led the league in fantasy points by scoring a whole lot of touchdowns, and if theres an element of his performance which might not be sustainable, it starts there. Newton ran for 10 touchdowns last season after averaging eight over his previous four campaigns, which isnt crazy. As a passer, though, he threw for a whopping 35 scores after averaging 20 his previous four campaigns. 7.1 percent of his pass attempts resulted in touchdowns, which led the league and stood out notably compared to his previous average of 4.3 percent.Those touchdowns were a product of remarkable -- and perhaps unsustainable -- success in the red zone. It makes sense that the Panthers would be good inside the oppositions 20-yard-line, but they were incredible in 2015. Carolina scored a league-high 5.54 points per red zone trip last season. With much of the same personnel, notably Newton at the helm for 30 of 32 games, they were 15th in the same category in 2013 and 23rd in 2014. As I wrote about earlier this summer, red zone performance is remarkably inconsistent from year-to-year. History suggests that Carolina -- and by proxy, Newton, who threw 24 touchdowns in the red zone without a pick -- will struggle to be as effective in the red zone in 2016.Saving their best performance for key moments was a huge reason the Panthers won 15 games and why Newton won MVP. Its not just that he was great; its when he was great which stood out. If you could craft a case for when to weight a players best moments during a season, you would build the resume Newton built in 2015. He got better as the year went along and played his best when the Panthers needed him most.During the first nine weeks of the season, while the Panthers were starting 8-0, Newton posted a QBR of just 50.7, which was just behind Ryan Mallett for 24th in the league. Remember, QBR includes his performance as a runner, too; if you just want to consider traditional passing stats, Newton was 26th in the league in passer rating and 21st in adjusted yards per attempt. I dont believe Newton was truly a below-average starter -- the context of the offense built around him means something -- but I do think its fair to say that he wasnt as dominant as his 8-0 record suggested.Over the second half of the year, though, Newtons performance jumped. His QBR spiked to 79.5, which was the seventh-best mark in football and in line with the leagues best passers. The typical NFL starter had three games with an QBR of 85 or greater last season; Newton had four of them in a five-week span between Week 11 and Week 15, cementing his hold as the top MVP candidate. While he fell off during Carolinas only loss of the season (to the Falcons inn Week 16), Newton had already sealed up the hardware.dddddddddddd His second-half performance might be a leap to a new level of play, but it is usually better to use all of a players performance to project how hell do in the future, as I talked about with Derek Carr last week.Likewise, if you think a great quarterback needs to play his best in the fourth quarter, Newton was your man. Through three quarters last year, Newtons QBR was an above-average 63.1. In the fourth quarter and overtime, though, nobody beat Cams QBR of 76.5. He posted a passer rating of 104.8 in the final stanza, and when the Panthers needed to get back into a game or close one out, their offense was devastating. Carolina had 17 meaningful possessions last year in the fourth quarter while the game was within seven points or less. Those drives produced more scores (nine) than punts (six), with the other two ending on a blocked field goal and Newtons fumble in the loss to the Falcons. Their five touchdowns included four Newton passes (all 15 yards or more) and a 13-yard Newton run.Those sort of fourth-quarter leaps arent really sustainable. Guys dont consistently elevate their game in the fourth quarter, which is logical if you think about it for a second: Why wouldnt you just play better all the time? Andrew Lucks career is a classic example. In 2013 and 2015, Lucks QBR jumped in the fourth quarter by 31.1 points and 42.1 points, respectively. In 2012, Lucks fourth-quarter QBR was identical to that of the previous three quarters, and in 2014, it declined by 1.2 points. Jay Cutlers QBR declined in the fourth quarter by 41.2 points in 2011; in 2012 and 2013, it improved by 38.0 points and 39.9 points. This is almost totally random.The one other thing which might have aided Newton, of course, was more help from his receivers. My memory seems to suggest that Ginn dropped a 75-yard touchdown pass from Newton each and every week, but the data isnt quite as harsh. Ginn merely dropped seven passes last year, which was tied for fifth in the league, and as you might suspect, those drops were coming on what would have been big plays for the Carolina offense. Newtons overall drop rate was 3.8 percent, which was roughly league average. On throws of 20 yards or more in the air, though, Newtons drop rate spiked to 6.8 percent, which was the second-highest in the league behind the aforementioned Gabbert, who didnt throw deep anywhere near as frequently.Cam in 2016Start thinking about ways Newton might improve in 2016, and the presence of Benjamin is a jumping-off point. Benjamin had his own drop issues as a rookie in 2015, but he is unquestionably a more effective and impactful wideout than Ginn or second-year man Funchess -- though the second-year man out of Michigan is generating plenty of camp buzz -- and should represent the second-best receiver in Newtons arsenal behind star tight end Greg Olsen. The same caliber of pass from Newton is more likely to turn into a successful play with Benjamin on the other end.There are elements of Newtons performance which statistically lag behind his peers, but I think they may be subject to the style of offense Carolina plays and the nature of Newtons style.?Start with his completion percentage. At 59.8 percent last year and 59.6 percent over his five-year career, it lags behind his peers. Newtons sack rate has also been higher than league average during each of his five pro seasons, although it was closest in 2015.Those stats arent strong enough to resist dramatically different contexts, and all you need to do is watch Newton to know that hes not playing in a typical offense. The Panthers ask him to chuck the ball downfield as much as anybody in football. Newtons average pass traveled 10.3 yards in the air last season, which was third in the league behind Carson Palmer and Tyrod Taylor. Since entering the league, the typical Newton pass has gone 9.4 yards, which is the longest average throw in football over that timeframe.When you keep the context in mind, Newtons completion percentage is just fine. Football Outsiders has a statistic I helped create called plus-minus, which adjusts a quarterbacks completion percentage for the distance and location of his throws. Theyve further adjusted the metric to account for the impact of dropped passes. When you account for the distance of his throws and the frequency with which his receivers dropped them, Newtons completion percentage was actually above-average and 13th in the NFL last year. Newton could still take another step forward from where he is now, of course, given that Palmer and Taylor each managed to complete nearly 64 percent of their passes while throwing similarly far downfield, but his completion percentage isnt subpar.The natural place for Newton to improve, given Carolinas style of play, is on play-action. It makes sense that a team with a dominant running game like Carolinas would be great when Newton holds linebackers and safeties with play fakes, and while ESPNs play-action statistics dont count run-pass options (RPOs), Newton does create short, efficient completions for himself by reading the defense correctly when Shula calls them.On traditional play-action passes, though, Newton wasnt very good last season. He finished 30th in the league in QBR on those throws with a 48.8 mark, including four of his 10 picks. Contrast that to Taylor and Palmer, his fellow downfield bombers, who finished first and second in QBR on play-action passes. This wasnt a small sample size fluke, either; 28.7 percent of Newtons dropbacks came with play-action, which was third in the league behind Colin Kaepernick and Teddy Bridgewater.Its fair to say that Newton wont be that bad on play-action in 2016, given that he was better in years past. Newtons QBR on play-action throws was 17th in the league in 2013 and 13th in 2014. Its still a surprise, though, that he hasnt been downright dominant on those play-action attempts, especially given how effective the Carolina rushing attack has been over that timeframe. If theres an opportunity for Newton to grow and finish in the top-five somewhere new in 2016, its here.The most likely scenario for Newton in 2016, as is the case for the Panthers, is that they each decline a bit from their red-hot 2015 and still settle in the leagues upper echelon. That would represent not just an incredibly valuable player but a staggering leap forward when you put Newtons history in context.The same guy who was a controversial first overall selection and a quarterback expected to look up at Gabberts NFL success is the clear face of the Carolina franchise (if not arguably the league as a whole) and a franchise quarterback. He doesnt need to get better, and he still could anyway. Its notoriously tough to repeat as NFL MVP. Its also notoriously tough to stop Cam Newton. 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