Pan­thers rout Dol­phins for 3rd win in row

Carolina piles up fran­chise-record 548 yards.

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Cam New­ton CHAR­LOTTE, N.C. — was tired of the Carolina Pan­thers’ de­fense get­ting all of the glory.

New­ton took it as a chal­lenge when the de­fense vaulted to the league’s No. 1 rank­ing last week, say­ing it was time for the of­fense to strive to match them.

New­ton did his part on Mon­day night, throw­ing for 254 yards and four touch­downs and run­ning for 95 more as the Pan­thers piled up a fran­chise-record 548 yards in a 45-21 rout of the Miami Dol­phins.

“It’s nice to see them have this type of break­out game,” Pan­thers coach Ron Rivera said of the of­fense, which had 30 first downs and con­verted 11 of 14 third downs.

Said New­ton: “I still feel like we are scratch­ing the sur­face of our po­ten­tial in this of­fense. We have to trust in our abil­ity to ex­e­cute our coach’s plan.”

New­ton im­proved to 5-1 in Mon­day night games, while av­er­ag­ing 270.5 yards per game with 15 touch­downs and four in­ter­cep­tions.

“There is some­thing about this stage with him,” Rivera said. “He played a tremen­dous game.”

Jonathan Ste­wart ran for a sea­son-high 110 yards, and New­ton had a 69-yard jaunt on a read op­tion as the Pan­thers racked up 294 yards on the ground. It was Ste­wart’s first 100-yard game since last De­cem­ber at Washington.

Rookie Chris­tian McCaf­frey scored touch­downs rush­ing and re­ceiv­ing, and Devin Funchess caught five passes for 92 yards and two touch­downs as the Pan­thers (7-3) re­mained a half-game be­hind the NFC South-lead­ing Saints head­ing into their bye week.

New­ton had his share of fun on the field.

After be­ing tack­led on his 69-yard run, an ex­hausted New­ton laid on the ground smil­ing and shak­ing his body as if try­ing to get feel­ing back into his legs.

Team­mates joked with New­ton that backup quar­ter­back Derek An­der­son could have scored on the play.

“When you ain’t got no gas left and your check en­gine light is on and blink­ing, get gas at the next stop or so, man, you just have to try to cel­e­brate when you can cel­e­brate, brother,” New­ton said. “I was just hop­ing coach didn’t come back with an­other run play for me.”

He tiredly handed off on the next two plays.

Jay Cutler had 213 yards pass­ing with two touch­downs and one in­ter­cep­tion for the Dol­phins (4-5), who have lost three straight. Jarvis Landry and Ju­lian Thomas both caught TD passes for Miami.

The game turned with 41 sec­onds left in the first half, when Luke Kuechly made a leap­ing in­ter­cep­tion along the side­line with Carolina lead­ing 10-7.

Four plays later, New­ton con­nected with tight end Ed Dick­son on a 7-yard touch­down pass. That opened the flood­gates as the Pan­thers scored touch­downs on five straight pos­ses­sions in their most ex­plo­sive out­put of the sea­son.

“In an eight-minute span, the game got away from us,” Dol­phins coach Adam Gase said. “It snow­balled. We couldn’t pre­vent the big runs once they got go­ing.”

The Pan­thers had en­tered the game 21st in the league in to­tal of­fense and 24th in scor­ing.

Chiefs: De­fen­sive tackle Roy Miller was re­leased on Mon­day, two days after he was ar­rested in Florida and ac­cused of as­sault­ing his wife during an ar­gu­ment at their home. Miller, 30, signed a $1.4 mil­lion, one-year con­tract this past off­sea­son, but he only ap­peared in seven of the Chiefs’ first nine games.

Saints: Coach Sean Pay­ton said run­ning back and spe­cial teams player Daniel Lasco, 25, needs surgery for a bulging disk in his spine that will end his sea­son.

Cowboys: Pro Bowl line­backer Sean Lee could miss the next three games with a pulled ham­string.

Charg­ers: Quar­ter­back Philip Rivers is in con­cus­sion pro­to­col after re­port­ing symp­toms of a pos­si­ble head in­jury.

Jaguars: Re­ceiver Allen Hurns will miss Sun­day’s game after in­jur­ing his right an­kle while mak­ing a catch against the Charg­ers late in reg­u­la­tion. Coach Doug Mar­rone said it’s un­clear when Hurns will re­turn.

Red­skins: Line­backer Will Comp­ton has a Lis­franc sprain in one of his feet and run­ning back Rob Kel­ley has a sprained MCL in his left knee and ag­gra­vated a sprained an­kle. Coach Jay Gru­den ex­pects each player to be out a few weeks.

Jets: Coach Todd Bowles said he is stick­ing with vet­eran Josh McCown as his quar­ter­back de­spite New York drop­ping to 4-6 as the team heads into its bye week.

GETTY IM­AGES

Cam New­ton and Cameron Ar­tis-Payne of the Carolina Pan­thers cel­e­brate a touch­down against the Miami Dol­phins in the third quar­ter Mon­day.

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