The Carolina Panthers had their best performance—and first win—of the season on Sunday, against the Arizona Cardinals. It came with Kyle Allen, not Cam Newton, under center.
The former MVP didn't look like himself at all in the Panthers' Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ahead of the Week 3 game against Kyler Murray and the Cardinals, it was announced that he would miss the game due to injury.
After the game, head coach Ron Rivera announced that there is no timetable for Newton's return. As first reported by The Athletic's Joe Person, Newton is believed to be suffering from a Lisfranc injury, an issue with the metatarsal bones in the foot.
It may take some serious time for him to get back to 100-percent.
That wait is made easier if Kyle Allen can perform the way he did against the Cardinals on Sunday.
In his first NFL start, the second-year player out of Houston looked better than he did during most of his college career, which began as a five-star recruit at Texas A&M, where he battled Murray for the job. Both wound up transferring from College Station, with very different results.
Allen was 19-for-26 for 261 yards and four touchdowns on the day. Arizona isn't the toughest test, but for an unproven player like Allen, it was a good performance against anyone.
Carolina travels to face the Houston Texans on Sunday. If Allen can pull off another win and get the team back on track, the Panthers quarterback situation may get pretty interesting whenever Cam Newton returns.