Panthers maul Dolphins behind Newton's four touchdown passes


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.

Four plays later, Newton connected with Ed Dickson on a 7-yard touchdown pass, the first of five straight Carolina touchdown drives.

The Dolphins' run defense, which entered the game allowing just 94 yards per game, 10th-fewest in the National Football League, was trampled for a season-worst 294 yards, besting the previous worst (174 by Baltimore) by a sizeable margin. Carolina is first in total defense (274.1 yards per game), second in rushing defense (78.4), fourth in scoring (17.7) and seventh in yards per play allowed (4.9).

Our models projected Newton for 21.1 FanDuel points, and he finished as Week 10's top scorer with 35.66 fantasy points on Monday.

The Dolphins closed the gap with 2:12 left in the half when Cutler's flip pass to tight end Julius Thomas went for a 2-yard touchdown. It also marked the first time he gained at least 100 rushing yards since December 19, 2016.

The Dolphins own wins in both games played in Charlotte, prevailing 13-9 in 1998 and 24-17 in 2009.

Carolina Panthers rookie receiver Curtis Samuel won't return to Monday's game against Miami because of a left ankle injury.

Carolina's defense was no slouch either, and gave up a lot of yards and a few scores when the game was already out of reach. After almost throwing a bad interception early in the game, the Panthers rattled off multiple scoring drives.

The Miami Dolphins made one thing very clear Monday night: They are not ready for prime time.