CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 30: Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers warms up for play against the Minnesota Vikings October 30, 2011 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Battle of the rookies: Newton v Ponder
Cam Newton and Christian Ponder are proving their mettle as first-round draft picks so far this season. Minnesota Vikings' 24-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday was their first showdown.