Newton completed just 10 of 28 passes for 151 yards, no touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 43 yards and a touchdown. He was also sacked four times and lost a fumble.
“I knew I missed a lot of throws, and I’m not blaming anybody but myself,” Newton said.
Newton was asked if he tried to do too much.
“Obviously I didn’t do enough, being that the Panthers lost,” he said.
Newton, who had ankle surgery during the offseason, has thrown for 1,794 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions this season while completing 57.4 percent of his passes, a career low. The Panthers are No. 22 in passing yards and No. 26 in points scored this season.
Tight end Greg Olsen, who had three catches for 30 yards against the Saints, said the blame should not fall solely on Newton.
“This is a group thing. This is not on one guy,” Olsen said. “We need to do a better job protecting him. We need to do a better job getting open. We need to do a better job catching the ball. Every single aspect of basic football needs to improve.
Carolina dropped to 3-5-1 on the season, good for second place in the NFC South behind the Saints. The Panthers' next game is Monday, Nov. 10, against the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Paul Palladino