Newton guided the Panthers to a 15-1 record and home-field advantage in the NFC. He threw for 3,837 yards and 35 touchdowns while tossing just 10 interceptions, and Newton led all NFL quarterbacks with 636 yards rushing and 10 scores.
Wilson put up similar yardage in both categories, but he recorded fewer touchdowns. While that doesn’t tell a whole story, it’s unwise to suggest shiny numbers — and wins — don’t have an impact on voters.
Brady’s case is built on leading the Patriots to the AFC’s No. 2 seed, racking up 4,770 passing yards and 36 touchdowns. Palmer helped Arizona reach No. 2 while totaling a career-best 4,671 yards and 35 scores.
Consequently, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the final results show Newton followed by either Brady or Palmer and Wilson at No. 4.
Perhaps Wilson’s comment will sway a couple more voters toward the Panthers quarterback, but Newton no doubt would prefer defeating the Seahawks on Sunday over an individual honor, no matter how deserving he is.