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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Cam Newton knew he was playing on national television this week and boy did he raise the bar against the Miami Dolphins. Newton threw for 254 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions proving that he can still be a dominant force in the National Football League. Not only was Newton brilliant through the air he also managed to rack up 95 yards on the ground. Those dual threat abilities help make the Carolina offense tick and when Cam Newton plays like this it’s almost impossible to stop this football team. Jonathan Stewart ran pretty tough in this match up as well he finished the day with 110 yards. That big day on the ground gave the Panthers a lot of balance offensively which went along way in setting the tone. The other offensive skill player that delivered big time for Carolina was Devin Funchess. Funchess hauled in 2 touchdowns and 92 yards showing that he can assume the number one receiver role in Kelvin Benjamin’s absence. The combination of Newton and Funchess will be vital to this team’s chances down the stretch of the season. Christian McCaffrey had the best night of his career as well he finished with 2 touchdowns one through the air while the other was a rushing TD. It was pretty obvious that Carolina had their offense rolling all night long and that’s without out mentioning Cameron Artis-Payne and Ed Dickson’s scores either. Jay Cutler did all he could do for the Dolphins Cutler threw for 213 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Kenyan Drake ran hard in a losing effort too he finished the night with 82 yards and 1 rushing touchdown. Jarvis Landry and Julius Thomas both caught touchdown receptions for Miami’s aerial attack. There just wasn’t enough points from Adam Gase’s team in the end. Luke Kuechly was the Panthers most notable defender he put up 6 tackles and 1 interception. James Bradberry contributed 4 tackles to the winning effort as well. Miami on the other hand was led by T.J McDonald who record 9 tackles. Cordrea Tankersly chipped in 6 tackles for the Dolphins too. When it was all said and done the Panthers showed they are for real this year and it almost feels like former General Manger Dave Gettleman deserves some praise for the additions he made to this team this past off-season.
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