Former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton sets National Football League record for career rushing TDs

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ABOUT THE PANTHERS (2-1): Carolina's defense allowed three points in each of its first two wins - against San Francisco and Buffalo - but had no answers for Drew Brees and the Saints. "You can't waste it".

Even if the Panthers had suffered what would have been a devastating loss Sunday, there still would have been promising signs to grasp onto once the pain (eventually) subsided. NY quarterback Eli Manning finished 30 of 49 for 288 yards and two touchdowns.

Newton has a 54-41-1 record as an National Football League starting quarterback. "I did show black pride because I am African-American. Our offense played great last week and bailed us out, and they played great again this week, and we let them down".

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick built his reputation as a defensive guru so his team's inability to slow the opposition has been among the more stunning developments in the first month of the season.

Two turnovers, a missed PAT, a 58-yard field goal for New England and a typically productive day from Brady meant that for all the good, the ending could easily have been a bad one.

All of the momentum was in New England's favor when the Panthers got the ball back with 3:05 remaining. It seems like he really is struggling to learn the defense and his responsibilities. Last week, at least 200 players protested in some way, but most took a knee while the anthem played. Gilmore and Chung are two of the Patriots' better defenders.

"We can not forget the fact that sports as a whole brings people together", Newton said Sunday.

"We've been putting our offense in a shootout every week", Devin McCourty said. You gotta be patient at times. "It's a week-by-week thing where we need to keep getting better".

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower returned to action Sunday after missing two games with a knee injury.

A Offensive line: Newton was sacked only twice, and the first one was a scramble in which he got back to the line of scrimmage.

Newton also raised his fist in what he later confirmed was the black power salute after scoring a rushing touchdown, before doing his usual "Superman" gesture. "They were targeting (Kelvin Benjamin), and Christian (McCaffrey), having a plan for them". It's not just the new guys who're making mistakes. "They kept the game moving forward".

Every aspect of their defense was disgusting; the pass rush was non-existent, they were blowing coverages, their secondary was terrible, etc. Patriots defense made penalties that lost them the game, especially on the last drive by the Panthers when they made a penalty on a third down which kept the ball in Cam Newton's hands and out of Tom Brady's. He also recorded the 15th 300-yard passing game of his career. His quarterback rating of 130.8 was his second highest on the road in his career.

Los Angeles' Keenan Allen paced the receivers with 138 yards on five catches.