Newton Sacked 8 Times; Panthers Lose at Home to Vikings 22-10

Minnesota Vikings v Carolina Panthers

The Minnesota Vikings keep finding ways to overcome injuries -and keep finding ways to win football games.

Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph, Marcus Sherels returned a punt for a score and the Vikings snapped the Carolina Panthers’ 14-game home winning streak 22-10 on Sunday.

The Vikings put the clamps on Cam Newton, intercepting the league’s reigning MVP three times and getting eight sacks, one of those resulting in a safety by Danielle Hunter. The eight sacks were the second-most ever against Newton.

“We have a great team — the best team I have been a part of,” said Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, who had three sacks. “We come from every area on the field and we get sacks.”

Said Newton: “They were dictating to us after they got the momentum.”

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Vikings vs Panthers NFL Week Three Inactives

Vikings

WR Laquon Treadwell, RB Ronnie Hillman, LB Kentrell Brothers, C Nick Easton, DT Sharrif Floyd and TE MyCole Pruitt.

Panthers

G Tyler Larsen, CB Teddy Williams, DE Ryan Delaire, WR Damiere Byrd, WR Brenton Bersin, LB Jeremy Cash, RB Jonathan Stewart

Panthers Announce Cameron Artis-Payne to Start at RB Sunday vs Vikings

Cameron Artis-Payne

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says running back Cameron Artis-Payne will start Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, the Associated Press reports.

However, Rivera says he expects Artis-Payne to split carries almost equally with Fozzy Whittaker, who had 100 yards rushing on 16 carries last week in a 47-26 win against the San Francisco 49ers.

The Panthers will be without running back Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) for at least a few weeks.

Artis-Payne played in the final three games last season with Stewart out and ran for 152 yards on 33 carries and a touchdown.

Cam Newton Shares Feelings About Tuesday’s Police Shooting in Charlotte

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on Wednesday made a rare stand on social issues, spending a majority of his press conference addressing Tuesday’s shooting in Charlotte that turned to racial unrest, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

“I’m an African-American and I’m not happy how the justice has been dealt with over the years, and the state of oppression in our community,” the NFL MVP said. “But we also as black people have to do right by ourselves. We can’t be hypocrites.

“And I say that on one voice and also another voice that when you go public or when things happen in the community, it’s not the fact that things are happening, it’s the way they are being treated after they happen.”

Late Tuesday afternoon, a black Charlotte police officer shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott, also black, in an apartment complex parking lot about 15 minutes from Bank of America Stadium.

The police said Scott exited his vehicle carrying a gun. Scott’s family said he was unarmed and sitting in his car reading a book while waiting for his son to come home from school.

Protests involving hundreds on Tuesday night turned to violence. Rocks were thrown, police vehicles were vandalized and fires were set. Sixteen police offers reportedly were injured.

“It could have happened in Atlanta. It could have happened in Los Angeles. It doesn’t matter,” Newton said. “It’s embarrassing for things to keep happening. And from what I do know we had an incident that happened in 2013 that had something to do with the police and it went to jury and whatever, it got washed away in time.”

Newton was referring to the 2013 fatal shooting of Jonathan Ferrell by Charlotte officer Randall Kerrick. Ferrell, who was black, was shot 10 times by Kerrick, who is white.

Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter. A judge declared a mistrial after the jury could not reach a verdict.

“My big thing is holding people accountable, no matter what the race, no matter what the gender is, no matter what the age is,” Newton said. “We all have to hold each other accountable. And that is the world we are living in.

“When you get a person that does some unjust things or killing an innocent person, or killing fathers, or killing people that have actual families, that’s real. I have a son and a daughter that I’m responsible for. How would it be if one day they come home and there’s no more daddy?”

Newton has been criticized in the past for not taking a stand on such issues. He considers it a no-win situation.

But he spoke passionately and in depth on this one.

“I’m a black person, I’m an African-American …,” Newton said. “And as soon as you say something that we still have to do something right for blacks, you know, that’s just, ‘Oh, well he’s this, he’s that.’

“Yes, the police brutality is embarrassing to talk about but when you sit here and list the names it’s crazy to even think about how does this happen. How do police take a leave of absence and still get paid?”

Newton reminded there are a lot of black people “that don’t do right by black people.”

“So you can’t be a hypocrite and just say ‘Oh a white man or a white police officer killed a black man,’ ” Newton said. “Now that’s still messed up and I’m not sitting up here and saying that’s OK. I am saying we have to have a clear eye vision on both sides and it starts with everyone holding each other accountable and policing yourselves.”

Newton said this understanding he is going to be critiqued on it.

“And if I don’t say something it’s, ‘Oh you fake and flaw,’ ” Newton said. “I’m a firm believer of justice and doing the right thing and I can’t repeat it enough about holding people accountable.”

Vikings at Panthers NFL Week 3 Capsule

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (2-0) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-1)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  VIKINGS PANTHERS
SERIES LEADER 7-5  
STREAKS 4 of past 6  
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Zimmer: 1-0 Ron Rivera: 1-2
LAST WEEK W 17-14 vs. Green Bay W 46-27 vs. San Francisco
LAST GAME 11/30/14: Panthers 13 at Vikings 31. Minnesota QB Teddy Bridgewater throws 2 TD passes. Vikings return 2 blocked punts for TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/30/11: Vikings 24, Panthers 21. Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson rushes for 83 yards with TD & adds 76 rec. yards with TD. Vikings DE Jared Allen has FF & sack.
REFEREE Jerome Boger
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 136 (Min), 83 (Car). XM: 384 (Min), 226 (Car).

STATS

PASSING Sam Bradford: 22-31-286-2-0-121.2 (2L) Cam Newton: 42-73-547-5 (T2L)-2-92.7
RUSHING Adrian Peterson: 31-50-1.6-0 Fozzy Whittaker: 19-113-5.9-0
RECEIVING Stefon Diggs: 16 (2L)-285 (1L)-17.8-1 Kelvin Benjamin: 13-199-15.3-3 (T1L)
OFFENSE 292.5 431.0 (2L)
TAKE/GIVE +5 (2L) +1
DEFENSE 289.5 (3L) 304.5
SACKS Danielle Hunter, Linval Joseph: 2 4 tied: 1
INTs Eric Kendricks, Trae Waynes: 1 4 tied: 1
PUNTING Jeff Locke: 38.6 Andy Lee: 53.6 (1L)
KICKING Blair Walsh: 18 (3/4 PAT; 5/7 FG) Graham Gano: 24 (1L) (6/7 PAT; 6/7 FG)

NOTES

VIKINGS: QB SAM BRADFORD passed for 286 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121.2 rating in 1st Min start in Week 2…RB ADRIAN PETERSON has 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 career games at Car…WR STEFON DIGGS had 9 receptions for 182 yards & TD last week. Has 285 rec. yards in 2016, 2nd-most through 1st 2 games of season in Min history (GENE WASHINGTON, 324 yards in 1969). TE KYLE RUDOLPH has TD catch in past 2 vs. Car. Had TD in Week 2…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had 2 sacks in last meeting. Had sack & FF last week. DE DANIELLE HUNTER had sack & FF in Week 2. Has 5.5 sacks in past 6. CB TRAE WAYNES had 1st career INT in Week 2. S ANDREW SENDEJO led team with 11 tackles last week. Has 10+ tackles in 2 of past 3. S HARRISON SMITH had 8 tackles & sack in last meeting…PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON passed for 353 yards & 4 TDs last week. Has 32 career games with both pass TD & rush TD, most in NFL history. Has 20 TDs (17 pass, 3 rush) in past 5 at home…RB FOZZY WHITTAKER had career-high 100 rush yards in Week 2…WR KELVIN BENJAMIN had 7 catches for 108 yards & 2 TDs last week. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. WR COREY BROWN had rec. TD in last meeting. WR DEVIN FUNCHESS has 4 rec. TDs in past 5 at home. Had TD Catch in Week 2. TE GREG OLSEN had 5 receptions for 122 yards last week, incl. 78-yard TD. Has 6 rec. TDs in past 8 at home…DE CHARLES JOHNSON had FF & sack in last meeting. Had FF in Week 2. LB LUKE KUECHLY had seven tackles & 2 sacks in last meeting. Since entering league in 2012, leads NFL in tackles (612). Had 11 tackles & INT last week. LB SHAQ THOMPSON had 9-yard FR-TD last week, 1st career TD. CB BENE BENWIKERE had FF in last meeting. CB JAMES BRADBERRY had 1st career INT last week.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart to Miss 1-2 Weeks with Hamstring Injury

Jonathan Stewart

The news on Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart is that he’s likely to be out 1-2 weeks after tweaking a hamstring in Sunday’s blowout win over the 49’ers.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted out the news earlier on Monday.

Stewart had five carries for nine yards in the win over San Francisco.

Panthers Rebound From Week One Loss; Pound 49ers 46-27

San Francisco 49ers v Carolina Panthers

Maybe all the Carolina Panthers needed was to play someone other than the Denver Broncos.

The league’s top-scoring offense from a year ago returned to form Sunday. Cam Newton threw for 353 yards and four touchdowns, and the Panthers overcame four turnovers to beat the San Francisco 49ers 46-27 in their home opener. The Panthers racked up 529 yards on offense.

Carolina lost to Denver in the Super Bowl and again in a rematch in Week 1, combining to score 30 points in those games. The Panthers averaged 31.3 points per game last season.

Newton threw two TD passes to Kelvin Benjamin and one each to Greg Olsen and Devin Funchess to pass Jake Delhomme for most TD passes in franchise history with 122.

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Boomer and Carton Make Their Panthers at Broncos Pick

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Boomer and Carton make their pick for tonight’s Panthers at Broncos game.

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