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Fans should pay attention to Cam Newton vs. Carson Palmer

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The conversation, of course, will be about Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Isn’t it always?

Brady has so many Super Bowl rings (four). Manning has so many MVP awards (5). Brady has won 11 of the 16 meetings. Manning has most of the NFL record book.

So let the fans argue as they prepare to meet again.

Except someone should point this out: the other quarterback matchup will be better.

This time, Manning-Brady is the less impressive matchup of the weekend.

This time, the anticipated matchup should be Cam Newton, MVP candidate, against Carson Palmer, MVP candidate. Together, they lead the high-scoring Carolina Panthers against the high-scoring Arizona Cardinals.

Newton and Palmer will represent the first two Heisman Trophy winners to face each other in the playoffs. They also are both former No. 1 draft picks. Their teams are the top two scoring teams in the league.

This year, Palmer was fourth in the NFL in passing and had a 104.9 rating. Newton had a 99.4 rating.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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