Pan­thers’ 3 INTs set ta­ble for Ea­gles

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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.

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