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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton: 'I'm not playing great ball' during 4-game losing streak

  • Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles' Mychal Kendricks (95) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

    Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles' Mychal Kendricks (95) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton, left, is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles' Trent Cole during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton, left, is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles' Trent Cole during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)  (The Associated Press)

While Cam Newton admits he's not been 100 percent in "a long time," the Panthers' two-time Pro Bowl quarterback says that's no excuse for his team's four-game losing streak — and that he needs to play better.

Newton took blame Wednesday for the team's recent struggles, saying "I'm not playing great ball right now."

The fourth-year pro has completed just 52 percent of his passes for three touchdowns and six interceptions over the past four games and Carolina has fallen out of first place in the NFC South entering Sunday's game against Atlanta.

Newton had ankle surgery in March and hurt his ribs in the preseason, forcing him out of the season opener. But he's played in the nine games since and says he'll continue to play through the pain.

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