Panthers’ 3 INTs set table for Eagles
Carson Wentz threw for 222 yards and three touchdowns to help the Eagles beat the Panthers 28- 23 on Thursday night in Charlotte, North Carolina, to improve to an NFC- best 5- 1.
The Eagles turned two interceptions deep in Panthers territory into 15 points — two touchdown passes to Zach Ertz, plus LaGarrette Blount’s two- point conversion — to take an 18- 10 lead in the third quarter. Wentz ( 16for- 19) added a 24- yard touchdown pass to Nelson Agholor in the fourth quarter.
Cam Newton threw three interceptions for the Panthers, who fell to 4- 2. The first two came inside the Panthers’ 20 but weren’t Newton’s fault. He was hit by Fletcher Cox as he released one pass, and running back Jonathan Stewart bobbled another pass, resulting in a pick. Newton’s third interception — by Jalen Mills with 3: 06 left — ended a chance for the go- ahead score.
The Panthers had one last shot to win but turned it over on downs at midfield.
Elliott’s suspension back on
A federal appeals court cleared the way for the NFL to impose a six- game suspension on Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott over domestic- violence allegations from 2016, siding with the league in the latest high- profile fight over its ability to punish players for off- field behavior.
In a 2- 1 decision, the 5th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in New Orleans granted the NFL’s emergency request to set aside an injunction and ordered a district court in Texas to dismiss Elliott’s case.
The NFL announced the suspension was effective immediately. If Elliott’s legal team can’t put it on hold again before the Cowboys ( 2- 3) play again Oct. 22, he won’t be eligible to play until Nov. 30.
This and that
The NFL could move Sunday’s game between the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers to Santa Clara, California, or San Diego if it becomes necessary because of wildfires. Oakland, which is 45 miles south of the fires, has been blanketed by smoke.
† Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert will miss the rest of the season because of continued troubles with his back.
Sun- Times wires