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Cam Newton presents challenge for Chiefs defense

The Chiefs wrap up a three-game home stand when they face the Panthers on Sunday.

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

It's been a frustrating last eight games for the Kansas City Chiefs, as their losing streak has continued. Picking up a win won't get any easier this weekend, as they face the Carolina Panthers and former first overall pick Cam Newton.

Last season's rookie of the year presents a big problem for any defense, but one Kansas City Chief has seen Newton before, although, it wasn't as a professional or even in college.

"I've been watching him do this for a long time, I actually played against him in high school, so it's nothing new," safety Eric Berry said after Thursday's practice. "He just keeps building on top of his game. I actually like to see where he is now, just because growing up and seeing him play back at home. It's always going to be a friendly competition. He's always had a cannon of an arm and he's really accurate."

The Chiefs must neutralize the former Heisman Trophy winner if they have any hope of beating the Panthers. Newton's completed 57.6 percent of his passes this season and thrown 11 touchdowns to go along with 10 interceptions. He's also averaging 5.1 yards per rush and has carried it into the end zone six times.