Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Offensive explosion fuels Panthers blowout win over Dolphins

Offensive explosion fuels Panthers blowout win over Dolphins

Cam Newton threw for 254 yards and four touchdowns, rookie Christian McCaffrey scored touchdowns rushing and receiving, and the Carolina Panthers crushed the Miami Dolphins 45-21 on Monday night for their third straight victory. Carolina racked up 548 yards of total offense, besting their season average by over 230 yards.

The loss was the third consecutive for the Dolphins (4-5), all coming in prime time on national TV, and drummed up a lot of issues Miami thought it had under control. Jonathan Stewart had 110 yards on 17 carries as the Panthers rolled up 294 rushing yards against the NFL's seventh-ranked rush defense.

With All-Pro tight end Greg Olsen nearing his return and wide receiver Devin Funchess (five receptions, 95 yards, two touchdowns) continuing to improve in his third campaign, the Panthers may finally have an offense to go alongside their (usually) strong defense heading down the stretch.

The Panthers (7-3) turned in perhaps their most complete game of the season with a balanced offense and stifling defense, albeit against the NFL's worst attack. This was the first of Newton's four touchdown passes on the night.

Carolina got the ball back by stopping Miami's fourth-and-1 play from the Dolphins' 49.

The Panthers led 17-7 at halftime, in part because of a Dolphins gaffe late in the half. The Panthers cashed in with running back Cameron Artis-Payne's 12-yard touchdown run.

Carolina capitalized on the turnover a short time later, when quarterback Cam Newton found tight end Ed Dickson for a seven-yard touchdown.

The Dolphins' big blunder in the first half was Cutler's interception with 47 seconds left.

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