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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton scrambles away from Jacksonville's Terrance Knighton during the fourth quarter of the Panthers' 16-10 win on Sunday. (AP)
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton scrambles away from Jacksonville's Terrance Knighton during the fourth quarter of the Panthers' 16-10 win on Sunday. (AP)

Conventional wisdom says  it takes quite a while for quarterbacks to adjust to the NFL. Carolina Panthers rookie Cam Newton thought that over and then he racked up more than 1,000 yards passing in his first three games. In his column for The Charlotte Observer this week, Scott Fowler wrote about a controversy involving ESPN analyst Jon Gruden and questions about Newton's football IQ. Fowler joins Only A Game to discuss "Cam Mania."

Newton is one of nine NFL signal callers with more than 900 yards passing after Week 3. Despite the aerial assault, this Wednesday marked the 60th anniversary of Norm Van Brocklin's 554-yard performance for the Los Angeles Rams, which still marks the league's single-game passing record.

Recent rule changes in the NFL seem to greatly favor the offense, making it even more surprising that Van Brocklin's record has held up after so many changes to the game. Bill looks at the achievement with Chase Stuart, who blogs for Pro-Football-Reference.com and wrote the article, "Why Is Norm Van Brocklin Still A Record-Holder ."

This segment aired on October 1, 2011.

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