(AP) Newton throws for 2 TDs, Panthers beat Bucs 31-13
By FRED GOODALL
AP Sports Writer
Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score Thursday night to lead the surging Carolina Panthers to a 31-13 victory over the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Panthers (4-3) won for the fourth time in five games following an 0-2 start. They’ve won three straight, with Newton throwing for 667 yards, six TDs and no interceptions.
The Bucs (0-7), one of two NFL teams yet to win, have dropped the first seven games in a season for the seventh time in franchise history. They’ve lost 12 of 13 dating to last year, and some fans showed up at Raymond James Stadium carrying signs and wearing paper bags over their heads urging that second-year coach Greg Schiano be fired.
Before the game, Newton ditched his “Superman” shoes after the NFL threatened to fine him $10,000 if he wore the cleats during the game. As Breitbart Sports reporter Mary Chastain has noted, the NFL fined Chicago’s Brandon Marshall $5,500 for wearing green shoes in honor of Mental Health Awareness Week even as the league has been accused of exploiting Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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