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Newton's 4 TDs lift Panthers over Bengals 31-21

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers coach Ron Rivera wanted a little something more from his offense, which is why he turned to his old boss Norv Turner as the team's new coordinator this season.

Rivera, who once coached under Turner in San Diego, said he got exactly what he was hoping for Sunday.

Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two others , Christian McCaffrey racked up a career-high 184 yards rushing and Carolina handed the Cincinnati Bengals their first loss of the season 31-21 behind a well-balanced offensive attack.

''We want to impose our will,'' said Newton, who praised Turner's play calling. ''We are a team that can attack a defense in many different ways. As the game progresses I see the body language of defenders and they are wearing down.''

Newton completed 15 of 24 passes for 150 yards and ran for 36 yards as the Panthers (2-1) won their seventh straight home game going back to last season.

McCaffrey, who tied a franchise record with 14 receptions last week against Atlanta, did his damage on the ground this time. He surpassed his previous career high of 66 yards rushing and became the first player in franchise history to post a 100-yard receiving game and a 100-yard rushing game in back-to-back weeks.

Newton believes McCaffrey's 28-carry outing will dispel myths he's just a scat back.

''He's a total running back,'' Newton said. ''... This is not a fluke. He has been doing this his entire career, collegiately and professionally. The fact that we have a special talent, you can't really gear in using packages for him.''

McCaffrey said the labels ''definitely'' bother him, but has learned to deal with them.

''The more and more I go through this league I learn that it's never been about proving anyone wrong or proving anybody right,'' McCaffrey said. ''It's proving myself right, and that's the biggest thing that I've had to mentally take over as I continue to grow.''

When the Panthers weren't running McCaffrey, they used him as a decoy.

On one Turner play call, Newton sold a fake pass to McCaffrey and came back to the other side of the field to hit backup running back C.J. Anderson for a 24-yard touchdown on a screen play. The Panthers call it their Pony 21 set, which features McCaffrey and Anderson, a 1,000-yard rusher last season with Denver, in the backfield.

''This is a different style of offense, the way they attack,'' Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. ''We have to adjust and morph and play in it and make sure we stay sound in it. You have to be good for the whole ballgame. There were times we were perfect and times we were not.''

GREEN DAY

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, who had three touchdowns last week against the Ravens, left on the third play in the third quarter with a groin injury when he was hit while trying to make a catch over the middle. He did not return.

Green said after the game he was starting to feel better and expects to play next week against Atlanta.

''At first, I thought I'd just knocked the air out of myself and just needed to catch my breath,'' Green said. ''When I got up and running, I was pretty sore.''

YOU GOTTA OBADA

Efe Obada, the first player to make a 53-man roster from the recently formed NFL International Pathways Program, turned in a huge game in his first NFL appearance, getting an interception, a key fourth-quarter sack and two quarterback pressures on Dalton. One of his pressures was initially ruled sack-fumble in the second quarter, but later overturned by instant replay to an incomplete pass.

DALTON'S DAY

Andy Dalton was 29 of 46 with two touchdowns, but was intercepted four times, including twice by rookie cornerback Donte Jackson. Carolina's defense, which allowed 432 yards and 31 points to the Falcons last week, held the Bengals (2-1) to 66 yards rushing without Joe Mixon in the lineup.

ON THE FUMBLE

Newton took a lot of heat for not jumping on a loose football in a Super Bowl 50 loss to the Denver Broncos, so he wasn't going to risk losing another in the fourth quarter with the Panthers clinging to a 28-21 lead. After a strip sack, Newton beat three Bengals players to the ball to maintain possession.

''Come hell or high water I was going to get that fumble, how about that?'' Newton said. ''I'm just trying to create good habits.''

BOYD STEPS UP

Tyler Boyd had a big game for the Bengals with six catches for 132 yards and a touchdown. Gio Bernard had 61 yards rushing on 12 carries and a touchdown, and five catches for 25 yards filling in for the injured Mixon.

INJURIES:

Bengals: Nose tackle Ryan Glasgow was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with a lower right leg injury and did not return.

Panthers: Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly left in the fourth quarter with dehydration but received an IV in the locker room and returned to make an interception on a ''Hail Mary'' on the game's final play.

UP NEXT:

Bengals: Visit the Falcons next Sunday.

Panthers: Have a bye next week, then host the Giants on Oct. 7.

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Key Players
T. Boyd 83 WR
132 ReYds, ReTD, 6 RECs, 5 RuYds
19
FPTS
C. Newton 1 QB
150 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, 36 RuYds, 2 RuTDs
33
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:16
G.Gano 40 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Jansen Holder-M.Palardy.
7
plays
28
yds
2:22
pos
21
31
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:53
R.Bullock extra point is GOOD Center-C.Harris Holder-K.Huber.
plays
yds
pos
21
28
Touchdown 2:53
A.Dalton pass deep left to T.Boyd for 27 yards TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
75
yds
2:41
pos
20
28
Point After TD 5:34
G.Gano extra point is GOOD Center-J.Jansen Holder-M.Palardy.
plays
yds
pos
14
28
Touchdown 5:34
C.Newton up the middle for 5 yards TOUCHDOWN. The Replay Official reviewed the runner broke the plane ruling and the play was Upheld. The ruling on the field stands.
6
plays
26
yds
3:53
pos
14
27
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:47
G.Gano extra point is GOOD Center-J.Jansen Holder-M.Palardy.
plays
yds
pos
14
21
Touchdown 2:47
C.Newton pass short left to C.Anderson for 24 yards TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
75
yds
4:12
pos
14
20
Point After TD 6:59
R.Bullock extra point is GOOD Center-C.Harris Holder-K.Huber.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 6:59
J.Fisher and S.Hubbard reported in as eligible. A.Dalton pass short right to C.Uzomah for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
12
plays
75
yds
5:04
pos
13
14
Point After TD 12:03
G.Gano extra point is GOOD Center-J.Jansen Holder-M.Palardy.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 12:03
C.Newton pass short left to D.Funchess for 4 yards TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
67
yds
4:52
pos
7
13
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:02
G.Gano extra point is GOOD Center-J.Jansen Holder-M.Palardy.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 3:02
C.Newton left end for 2 yards TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
75
yds
4:38
pos
7
6
Point After TD 7:40
R.Bullock extra point is GOOD Center-C.Harris Holder-K.Huber.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 7:40
G.Bernard up the middle for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
75
yds
6:03
pos
6
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 26:05 33:55
1st Downs 25 23
Rushing 6 11
Passing 18 10
Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Conv 4-10 6-13
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-1
Total Net Yards 396 377
Total Plays 61 66
Avg Gain 6.5 5.7
Net Yards Rushing 66 230
Rush Attempts 13 41
Avg Rush Yards 5.1 5.6
Net Yards Passing 330 147
Comp. - Att. 29-46 15-24
Yards Per Pass 7.2 6.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-22 1-3
Penalties - Yards 4-36 3-17
Touchdowns 3 4
Rushing TDs 1 2
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 4 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-0
Int. Thrown 4 0
Punts - Avg 3-42.7 4-39.0
Return Yards 9 4
Punts - Returns 1-9 1-4
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 4-0
Kicking 3/4 5/5
Extra Points 3/3 4/4
Field Goals 0/1 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 2-2 -100% 3-3 -100%
Goal to Go Eff. 2-2 -100% 3-3 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Bengals 2-1 777021
Panthers 2-1 7147331
330 PASS YDS 147
66 RUSH YDS 230
396 TOTAL YDS 377
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
A. Dalton 14 QB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63% 352 2 4 64.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.8% 860 8 5 91.2
A. Dalton 29/46 352 2 4 18
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
G. Bernard 25 RB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 61 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 86 1
G. Bernard 12 61 1 23 14
T. Boyd 83 WR
19
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
T. Boyd 1 5 0 5 19
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Boyd 83 WR
19
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 6 132 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 249 2
T. Boyd 7 6 132 1 49 19
T. Eifert 85 TE
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 6 74 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 141 0
T. Eifert 8 6 74 0 20 7
A. Green 18 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 5 58 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 219 4
A. Green 8 5 58 0 31 5
G. Bernard 25 RB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 5 25 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 51 0
G. Bernard 9 5 25 0 8 14
C. Uzomah 87 TE
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 19 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 68 1
C. Uzomah 2 2 19 1 18 7
J. Ross 15 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 3 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 27 1
J. Ross 7 3 16 0 9 1
T. Kroft 81 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 36 0
T. Kroft 1 1 16 0 16 1
J. Malone 80 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 12 0
J. Malone 3 1 12 0 12 1
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
N. Vigil 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-6 0 0.0
N. Vigil 9-3 0.0 0 0
D. Kirkpatrick 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-3 0 0.0
D. Kirkpatrick 5-2 0.0 0 0
J. Bates 30 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-4 1 0.0
J. Bates 4-4 0.0 0 0
C. Dunlap 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 2.0
C. Dunlap 4-2 1.0 0 1
D. Dennard 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-5 0 0.0
D. Dennard 3-2 0.0 0 0
H. Nickerson 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-7 0 0.0
H. Nickerson 3-4 0.0 0 0
S. Hubbard 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 1.0
S. Hubbard 2-1 0.0 0 0
S. Williams 36 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-5 1 1.0
S. Williams 2-3 0.0 0 0
J. Ross 15 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Ross 2-0 0.0 0 0
W. Jackson 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
W. Jackson 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Glasgow 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-5 0 0.0
R. Glasgow 1-3 0.0 0 0
C. Fejedelem 42 SAF
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-2 0 0.0
C. Fejedelem 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Hart 68 T
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Hart 1-0 0.0 0 0
V. Rey 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
V. Rey 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Lawson 58 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
C. Lawson 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Evans 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-5 0 0.0
J. Evans 1-2 0.0 0 0
J. Willis 75 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Willis 0-1 0.0 0 0
G. Atkins 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-9 0 3.0
G. Atkins 0-5 0.0 0 0
J. Tupou 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Tupou 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Bullock 4 K
3
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
4/5 11/11
R. Bullock 0/1 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
K. Huber 10 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 44.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
11 42.6 6
K. Huber 3 44.0 2 48
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Erickson 12 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 4.0 9 0
A. Erickson 1 9.0 9 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
C. Newton 1 QB
33
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.5% 150 2 0 108.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.4% 646 5 1 99.7
C. Newton 15/24 150 2 0 33
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
28 184 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
46 271 0
C. McCaffrey 28 184 0 45 19
C. Newton 1 QB
33
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 36 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
28 136 3
C. Newton 10 36 2 12 33
C. Anderson 20 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 75 0
C. Anderson 2 9 0 6 8
A. Armah 40 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 6 1
A. Armah 1 1 0 1 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Funchess 17 WR
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 67 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 185 1
D. Funchess 7 4 67 1 27 12
C. Anderson 20 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 24 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 24 1
C. Anderson 1 1 24 1 24 8
I. Thomas 80 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 34 0
I. Thomas 5 3 20 0 18 2
T. Smith 11 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 3 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 67 1
T. Smith 6 3 19 0 8 1
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 10 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 22 157 0
C. McCaffrey 2 2 10 0 11 19
J. Wright 13 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 92 1
J. Wright 1 1 7 0 7 0
D. Moore 12 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 54 1
D. Moore 2 1 3 0 3 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. Jackson 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 2 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-1 3 0.0
D. Jackson 7-0 0.0 2 0
S. Green-Thompson 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-5 0 1.0
S. Green-Thompson 7-1 0.0 0 0
C. Jones 42 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-6 0 0.0
C. Jones 4-4 0.0 0 0
M. Adams 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-4 0 0.0
M. Adams 4-1 0.0 0 0
L. Kuechly 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-4 1 0.0
L. Kuechly 3-2 0.0 1 0
J. Bradberry 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 0.0
J. Bradberry 3-1 0.0 0 0
K. Short 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 2.0
K. Short 2-1 0.0 0 0
M. Addison 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 2.0
M. Addison 1-0 1.0 0 0
V. Butler 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
V. Butler 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Cox 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
B. Cox 1-0 0.0 0 0
E. Obada 71 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 1.0
E. Obada 1-0 1.0 1 0
B. Jacobs 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
B. Jacobs 0-1 0.0 0 0
D. Mayo 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
D. Mayo 0-2 0.0 0 0
D. Poe 95 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
D. Poe 0-2 0.0 0 0
A. Armah 40 FB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
A. Armah 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Gano 9 K
7
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 4/4
SEASON FG XP
3/3 8/8
G. Gano 1/1 40 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Palardy 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 41.3 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
14 45.9 8
M. Palardy 4 41.3 3 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Moore 12 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 4.0 4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 7.0 15 0
D. Moore 1 4.0 4 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:43 CIN 25 6:03 11 75 TD
3:02 CIN 25 1:07 4 24 INT
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:03 CIN 25 5:04 12 75 TD
2:47 CIN 25 1:38 6 25 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CIN 25 2:10 4 17 Punt
10:37 CIN 11 1:10 2 13 INT
5:34 CIN 25 2:41 5 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:57 CIN 41 1:32 3 3 Punt
9:55 CIN 14 2:41 7 51 FG Miss
4:21 CIN 17 0:48 2 -10 INT
1:11 CIN 25 1:11 6 35 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CAR 25 1:17 3 8 Punt
7:40 CAR 25 4:38 9 75 TD
1:55 CAR 33 4:52 9 67 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:59 CAR 25 4:12 7 75 TD
1:09 CAR 2 1:09 3 3 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:50 CAR 24 2:13 5 31 Punt
9:27 CIN 26 3:53 6 26 TD
2:53 CAR 25 2:56 7 34 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:25 CAR 10 3:30 6 26 Punt
7:14 CAR 43 2:53 5 10 Punt
3:33 CAR 50 2:22 7 28 FG