The Carolina Panthers lost the final eight games started by Cam Newton for the franchise – the last six games of 2018 before a shoulder injury sent the former Auburn All-American to the sideline and the first two games of 2019 before a foot injury ended his season.
In his three games with the New England Patriots, Newton has participated in two victories, and in the loss, they ran the final play of the game from the opponent’s 1-yard line.
Each of the games has been different for Newton.
In the season-opening 21-11 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 13, Newton led the Patriots by running for 75 yards and two touchdowns. In the 35-30 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 20, Newton passed for 397 yards and a touchdown and ran for two scores.
On Sunday, Newton managed New England to a 36-20 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders. Newton completed 17-of-28 passes for 162 yards with one touchdown and one interception and ran for 27 yards on nine carries.
“That’s exactly what we want to do,” Newton said. “We want to put defenses in fits knowing that we have so many different ways to beat you and a plethora of different type of schemes, a plethora of different type of — we want to run downhill, we want to run on the edge, we want to throw it deep. It doesn’t matter. I think that’s been our biggest edge, for the most part, just having that ability to attack the teams in so many different ways and to still be successful.”
Newton’s touchdown pass on Sunday came on an 11-yard play to running back Rex Burkhead as New England took a 13-3 lead with 34 seconds left in the first half.
With New England up by 10 points in the fourth quarter, Newton led the Patriots on a 10-play, 86-yard drive during which they never faced third down. Newton had his longest completion – a 27-yarder to wide receiver N’Keal Harry – and longest run – a 21-yard scramble – of the game during the touchdown march that stretched the lead to 29-13 with 5:17 to play.
During the game, Newton took sole possession of second among NFL quarterbacks for career rushing yards. Now with 4,955, Newton broke his tie for second with Randall Cunningham. Michael Vick holds the NFL record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 6,109.
Newton was among the 19 former Auburn players who got on the field on the third Sunday of the NFL’s 101st season.
Four other former Auburn players were at the Raiders-Patriots game:
· Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson made two field goals and two extra points in the game, but he also missed for the first time this season, going wide left on a 41-yard field-goal attempt. Carlson connected on field goals from 29 and 25 yards.
· Byron Cowart started at defensive tackle for the Patriots. Cowart made one tackle.
· Jonathan Jones started at nickelback for the Patriots. Jones led the Patriots with seven tackles and broke up two passes.
· Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham was designated as a game-day inactive.
In the other Sunday games:
Chicago Bears 30, Atlanta Falcons 26
· Falcons defensive tackle Marlon Davidson (Greenville) made his NFL debut after a knee injury had kept him out of Atlanta’s first two games. The 2020 second-round draft pick made four tackles.
· Falcons long snapper Josh Harris handled the snaps for six punts, three field-goal attempts and three extra-point tries.
Cleveland Browns 34, Washington Football Team 20
· Browns kicker Cody Parkey made all six of his kicks. In addition to four extra points, Parkey made a 42-yard field goal for Cleveland’s first points with 10:46 left in the first half and a 30-yard field goal for the game’s final points with 1:10 left to play.
· Washington running back Peyton Barber gained 6 yards on three carries.
San Francisco 49ers 36, New York Giants 9
· Darius Slayton started at wide receiver for the Giants. Slayton caught three passes for 53 yards and lost a fumble.
· Forty-Niners defensive end Dee Ford (St. Clair County) was designated as a game-day inactive. Ford did not practice during the week because of a back injury.
Cincinnati Bengals 23, Philadelphia Eagles 23 (OT)
· Josh Bynes started at linebacker for the Bengals. Bynes made seven tackles.
· Bengals defensive end Carl Lawson made a career-high eight tackles, recorded two sacks and forced a fumble. In his fourth NFL season, Lawson’s previous game high for tackles had been five. Entering the game, Cincinnati had two sacks this season, with one belonging to Lawson. Lawson had a strip-sack of Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz in the second quarter, but the Eagles recovered and Wentz threw a touchdown pass on the next snap.
· Eagles offensive tackle Jack Driscoll played but did not record any stats.
· Eagles safety Rudy Ford (New Hope) was designated as a game-day inactive. Ford did not practice during the week because of a groin injury.
Indianapolis Colts 36, New York Jets 7
· Braden Smith started at right offensive tackle for the Colts.
Carolina Panthers 21, Los Angeles Chargers 16
· Derrick Brown started at defensive tackle for the Panthers. Brown made five tackles, including three behind the line of scrimmage.
Detroit Lions 26, Arizona Cardinals 23
· Cardinals defensive end Angelo Blackson made one tackle.
· Lions running back Kerryon Johnson (Madison Academy) ran for 16 yards on three carries and caught a 14-yard pass. Johnson had started Detroit’s first two games, but he took a backseat on Sunday to Adrian Peterson, who started and ran for 75 yards on 22 carries.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28, Denver Broncos 10
· Carlton Davis started at cornerback for the Buccaneers. Davis made three tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage.
· Jamel Dean started at cornerback for the Buccaneers. Dean led Tampa Bay with a career-high eight tackles two weeks after he’d set a personal game high of seven tackles.
Seattle Seahawks 38, Dallas Cowboys 31
· Seahawks cornerback Neiko Thorpe was designated as a game-day inactive. Thorpe did not practice on Friday because of a hip injury.
Green Bay Packers 37, New Orleans Saints 30
· Packers defensive lineman Montravius Adams made one tackle.
Week 3 of the NFL season started on Thursday night with the Miami Dolphins’ 31-13 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Week 3 concludes on Monday, when the Kansas City Chiefs visiting the Baltimore Ravens at 7:15 p.m. CDT. ESPN will televise the game.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AmarkG1.
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