Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is in awe of New England Patriots counterpart Tom Brady as he continues to perform at a high-level in the NFL despite his age of 40 years old. Brady’s MVP-like numbers in his 18th NFL season prompted Newton to liken him to Benjamin Button, a character in the 1922 short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who ages in reverse. “We just got to get there,” the 28-year-old Newton said of reaching Brady's age, per 247 Sports. "How old is he, 40?”, before whistling in disbelief. “"He may be Benjamin Button.

He looks like a GQ model,” Newton said of Brady. Newton also thanked Brady for sending him a copy of his book, “The Tb12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance," which he launched earlier this year. According to Newton, he’s currently reading Brady’s book to discover the cheat codes of pliability.

Brady performing better than Newton

In nine starts this season, Newton completed 179-of-287 passes for 1,978 yards with 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and ran for 341 yards and four touchdowns for the Panthers, who are second in the NFC South with a 6-3 record. Brady, for his part, completed 206-of-308 passes for 2,541 yards and 16 touchdowns with just two interceptions for the Patriots, who lead the AFC East with a 6-2 record.

However, Newton outplayed Brady in the Panthers’ 33-30 win over the Patriots in Week 4. In that game, Newton tossed for 316 yards and three touchdowns while Brady threw for 307 yards and three scores.

Belichick expects fireworks vs Broncos

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said he expects the Denver Broncos fans to make life miserable for them when they visit the Sports Authority Field Sunday.

Since Brady became the Patriots’ starting quarterback, New England is just 3-7 on the Broncos’ turf. Three of Brady’s wins came against Danny Kanell in 2003, Tim Tebow in 2011, and Trevor Siemian last December via a 16-3 triumph. Now, the Patriots will face the Broncos and their new starter Brock Osweiler, who’s raring to bounce back from a miserable performance in their 51-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

According to Belichick, the Broncos, despite their 3-5 record, remain a dangerous team that could pull off an upset anytime. “I’m sure that place will be lit up. I feel like we’ll need our best game Sunday night,” said Belichick, who recently boosted the Patriots’ defensive front seven by signing veteran defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois. Before signing with the Patriots, Francois played six games with the Green Bay Packers this season.