Overreaction: Cam Newton will eschew fashion, dress boring

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) looks on from the sideline during the team's first play against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Cam Newton should start wearing khakis and a navy blue blazer on team flights.

The reigning NFL MVP was benched to start Carolina's loss at Seattle because of a dress code violation. Derek Anderson was under center for the first play and threw an interception .

Newton returned for the next series, but the defending NFC champion Panthers (4-8) were blown out by the Seahawks (8-3-1).

Newton is known for his colorful, stylish wardrobe, but he was punished by coach Ron Rivera for failing to wear a tie on the trip to Seattle.

The best way for Newton to avoid any future violations is to ignore fashion and dress boring.

Here are other overreactions following Week 13:

OVERREACTION: Tom Brady and the Patriots don't miss Rob Gronkowski. They had 402 total yards in a 26-10 win against the Rams.

REALISTIC REACTION: They were 4 for 16 on third down. It didn't matter against the Rams (4-8), but that can hurt them in the playoffs.

OVERREACTION: Dan Quinn's decision to go for the 2-point conversion was a bonehead call that cost the Falcons a win against the Chiefs.

REALISTIC REACTION: Every coach would try to extend a 1-point lead to three late in the fourth quarter.

OVERREACTION: The Pack is back. Aaron Rodgers will lead Green Bay (6-6) to a division title.

REALISTIC REACTION: They still trail the Lions (8-4) by two games with four left.

OVERREACTION: Doug Pederson is on the hot seat in Philadelphia after going 2-7 following a 3-0 start.

REALISTIC REACTION: The Eagles are regressing in a rebuilding year but owner Jeffrey Lurie won't pull the plug on Pederson after one season with a rookie quarterback.

OVERREACTION: Baltimore (7-5) proved it is the team to beat in the AFC North with a dominant 38-6 win over Miami.

REALISTIC REACTION: The Steelers (7-5) had an impressive win over the Giants (8-4).

OVERREACTION: Paxton Lynch can't lead the Broncos to wins against good teams.

REALISTIC REACTION: With that defense, Lynch doesn't have to do much. Neither does Trevor Siemian when he's healthy enough to play.

OVERREACTION: Snow cost the Texans a win at Green Bay.

REALISTIC REACTION: Perfect field conditions wouldn't have helped that offense.

OVERREACTION: Jordan Howard is another reason why teams shouldn't pick running backs on the first two days of the NFL draft. He was a fifth-round steal for the Bears.

REALISTIC REACTION: Tell that to the Cowboys. Ezekiel Elliott is an MVP candidate.

OVERREACTION: Don't count the Cardinals (5-6-1) out of the playoff race.

REALISTIC REACTION: Nice win over the Redskins (6-5-1) but Arizona still trails four teams for the second NFC wild card.

OVERREACTION: The Chiefs-Raiders matchup Thursday night is an AFC championship preview.

REALISTIC REACTION: Remember the Patriots?

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