Tampa, FL – The Carolina Panthers are 4-3. They are above .500 for the first time since 2008. A 31-13 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Thursday night, did the trick.
Cam Newton threw for 2 touchdowns, and ran for another score, as he carded his third consecutive strong performance. The Panthers won their third straight game, after a 1-3 start.
Newton ran for a season-high 50 yards, and threw for 221, completing 23-32 passes. The Panthers quarterback has now tallied a passer rating above 100.0 for each of Carolina’s three straight wins. Newton did not throw a pick.
The Panthers defense, ranked second in the NFL in points allowed per game, pitched another gem, allowing the Bucs offense to score just 13 points. Seven of those 13 came on a drive late in the fourth quarter, with the game already in hand.
The Panthers front four pressured rookie quarterback Mike Glennon throughout the night, including three sacks.
Panthers’ running back DeAngelo Williams carried eight times for 43 yards. Mike Tolbert chipped in with 35 yards on 7 carries.
Ted Ginn caught five passes for 80 yards, to lead the Panthers receiving corps. Steve Smith tallied four catches, for 42 yards.
The Panthers will have this Sunday off, after playing on Thursday Night Football. They will host the Atlanta Falcons on November 3rd, at 1 p.m.