Are the Pan­thers in trou­ble?

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

THE Min­nesota Vik­ings wrapped up Carolina quar­ter­back Cam New­ton, hold­ing the Pan­thers score­less for 50 min­utes in a 22-10 NFL vic­tory in Char­lotte, where the con­test went off with­out in­ci­dent de­spite un­rest in re­cent days.

Vik­ings quar­ter­back Sam Brad­ford au­thored three sec­ond-half scor­ing drives and the Min­nesota’s de­fence sacked New­ton eight times and in­ter­cepted him three times.

The re­sult snapped Carolina’s fran­chise-record 14-game home win­ning streak. At 1-2 the Pan­thers have lost one more game than they lost in all of the 2015 reg­u­lar sea­son.

“What­ever they were do­ing was ef­fec­tive,” said New­ton, who re­ceived med­i­cal at­ten­tion on the field in the first half, ap­pear­ing to favour his left foot af­ter a sack.

New­ton warmed up for the game wear­ing a T-shirt bear­ing a quote from Martin Luther King Jr: “In­jus­tice any­where is a threat to jus­tice ev­ery­where.”

In a city where the po­lice shoot­ing of Keith La­mont Scott has sparked vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions, po­lice in riot gear sur­rounded the sta­dium as fans made their way in, but the event passed off peace­fully.

Around the league there con­tin­ued to be a scat­ter­ing of pre-game demon­stra­tions by play­ers in­spired by San Fran­cisco 49ers quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick’s de­ci­sion to kneel for the na­tional an­them in protest at so­cial in­jus­tice and po­lice meth­ods.

In-game ac­tion pro­vided more drama, how­ever.

In East Ruther­ford, New Jersey, Kirk Cousins threw two long touch­down passes, Dustin Hop­kins con­verted five field goals and the Washington Red­skins sealed a come­from-be­hind win over the New York Giants with two fourth-quar­ter in­ter­cep­tions of Eli Man­ning.

Justin Tucker drilled a 54-yard field goal with 1:02 re­main­ing in the fourth quar­ter to lift the un­beaten Bal­ti­more Ravens to a 19-17 vic­tory over the win­less Jack­sonville Jaguars.

Su­per Bowl cham­pi­ons Den­ver downed the Ben­gals 29-17 in Cincin­nati with Bron­cos quar­ter­back Trevor Siemian pass­ing for 312 yards and four touch­downs in his first ca­reer road start.

Philadel­phia quar­ter­back Car­son Wentz con­tin­ued his stel­lar rookie cam­paign by throw­ing for two touch­downs in the Ea­gles’ 34-3 vic­tory over the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers.

Wentz com­pleted 23 of 31 passes for 301 yards, fin­ished with a passer rat­ing of 125.9 and has thrown for five touch­downs with­out a turnover this sea­son.

The sec­ond over­all se­lec­tion of the 2016 draft out­played Steel­ers’ Al­lPro quar­ter­back Ben Roeth­lis­berger, who com­pleted 24 of 44 passes for 259 yards and an in­ter­cep­tion.

The Dal­las Cow­boys’ rookie quar­ter­back Dak Prescott also shone, pass­ing for 248 yards and his first NFL touch­down in a 31-17 vic­tory over the Chicago Bears.

It was a good day as well for Green Bay’s vet­eran QB Aaron Rodgers, who threw four touch­down passes in the first half as the Pack­ers built a 28-point lead and held on for a 3427 vic­tory over the Detroit Lions.

Two-time Most Valu­able Player Rodgers em­phat­i­cally an­swered the crit­i­cism that fol­lowed last week›s loss at Min­nesota.

“He looked at me af­ter one of the touch­downs and just kind of smiled, head-butted me and said, “I’m back,’” right guard T.J. Lang said. “So it’s def­i­nitely good to see him go out there and get back to his dom­i­nant fash­ion.”

The Miami Dol­phins worked over­time for their first win of the sea­son, down­ing the Cleve­land Browns 30-24, with run­ning back Jay Ajayi scor­ing from 11 yards out with 8:26 left in over­time.

The Los An­ge­les Rams, held to just nine points in their first two games, ex­ploded for five touch­downs in a 37-32 vic­tory over the Buc­ca­neers in Tampa Bay.

The teams had to wait out a de­lay of 69 min­utes, dur­ing which the sta­dium was cleared be­cause of light­ning, be­fore a wild fin­ish that saw the Buc­ca­neers drive to the Rams’ 15-yard line only to have their come­back bid snuffed out when quar­ter­back Jameis Win­ston was tack­led at the 5-yard line as time ex­pired. –

Photo: AFP

Cam New­ton (left) of the Carolina Pan­thers runs the ball against An­thony Barr of the Min­nesota Vik­ings in the first quar­ter dur­ing their game at Bank of Amer­ica Sta­dium on Septem­ber 25 in Char­lotte, North Carolina.

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