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NFC South

Gruden: Panthers QB Newton deserves MVP consideration

Cam Newton only seems to be getting better — and more confident — as the Carolina Panthers' perfect season progresses.

Newton threw for five touchdowns and the Panthers beat the Washington Redskins 44-16 on Sunday to improve to 10-0 on the season and take a four-game lead in the NFC South over the Atlanta Falcons.

"What more can you say — the guy's been playing at a very elite level right now," tight end Greg Olsen said. "Playing the quarterback position, there's no other quarterback that's asked to do what he has to do, both run and pass. He's playing as good a ball as there is in the league right now."

Newton has thrown for 20...