#2. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton & Jonathan Stewart
Newton’s career year is remarkable for his lack of premier playmakers on offense — Ted Ginn Jr., Jerricho Cotchery and Devin Funchess don’t inspire much fear in opposing defenses. The former Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall pick threw a career-best 35 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions, with a career-high 99.4 passer rating. That he led the Panthers to a 14-0 start is one of the most impressive feats of his young career.
With all the attention Newton receives, Stewart is the unsung hero of the Panthers’ offense. The eight-year veteran rushed for 989 yards and six touchdowns, his highest totals since 2009. These two, along with Greg Olsen, are the ones who make Carolina’s offense tick.