Newton beats the Panthers on cards 34-10
Glendale, Ariz. Cam Newton made memories of Superman’s days on his debut with the Panthers, as he threw down, ran for another and fired the Carolinas to a 34-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Newton—the 2015 NFL Player of the Year signed by the Thin Panthers earlier in the week—made his presence felt on his first game in the game, coming in third and yelling “I’m back!” After sprinting to the right corner of the end zone to land two yards.
On Carolina’s next run, Newton threw a 2-yard TD pass to Robbie Anderson as the Panthers (5-5) built a stunning 17-0 lead in the first quarter and a 23-0 advantage by halftime.
The Cardinals (8-2) had the best record in the NFL going into the game but they seemed unrelated from the start.
Backup Colt McCoy, who was playing a second straight game for injured Kyler Murray, coughed in confusion after being sacked on the third play of the match. It gave Carolina a great fielding position which eventually turned into a touchdown for Newton and a 7-0 lead.
It just got worse for Arizona.
The Cardinals – who also lost top receiver DeAndre Hopkins – managed 169 yards and were never able to respond after Carolina’s opening attack.
Carolina’s faltering offense seemed to be reborn with Newton in the mix. The majority of the shots went to PJ Walker, who completed 22 of 29 passes for 167 yards, and Newton was saved in mostly short-yard situations. Christian McCaffrey also had a great day on the field, running for 95 yards and getting 10 assists for 66 yards.
Carolina’s defense helped, too, coming out with an early recovery from a stumble, interception and fourth down stop giving the Panthers a good field position.
Newton’s deal is worth $10 million, including a fully guaranteed $4.5 million and an existing bonus of $1.5 million, according to a person familiar with the situation. The 32-year-old spent the best years of his career with the Panthers before signing with the Patriots before the 2020 season and being released before this season.
For at least one week, the deal seems to be worth every penny.
Riddick’s great start
Carolina’s defense had an excellent start when Hasson fired Riddick McCoy and caused confusion over the Panthers’ recall. Riddick played his first four seasons in the NFL with the Cardinals before signing with the Panthers during his tenure.
The Panthers dominated the Cardinals’ area and turned the ball spin into a touchdown when Newton netted a 2-yard goal to lead 7-0. An excited Newton was awarded an unsportsmanlike penalty after the play but relegation still counted.
Reddick has 9 and a half bags this season.
Fourth errors down
The Cardinals’ offensive has been aggressive in fourth place all season, but that backfired in the first quarter on Sunday.
Arizona had the ball alone 43 in the fourth loss and coach Cliff Kingsbury called offside quarterback for McCoy, who was well-crammed. Carolina was leading 7-0 at that point and used the short field to score another quick goal.
just for kicks
Carolina’s Zane Gonzalez scored field goals from 44, 48 and 49 yards in the first half as the Panthers built their 23-0 lead. He added a 27-yard field goal in the second half.
The Cardinal released Gonzalez in the off-season, choosing to let him sign elsewhere after the 2020 ups and downs.
Panthers: S Myles Hartsfield (hand) left in the second half and did not return.
Cardinals: McCoy (Chest) left the game in the third quarter and never came back. Third-series quarterback Chris Streffler finished the match.
Panthers: Washington will host next Sunday.
Cardinals: In Seattle next Sunday.
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