Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday his team needs to start playing more consistent football before it’s too late.
Cam Newton tried to tell everyone who would listen last week that the Carolina Panthers were much better than an 0-2 team. He and his teammates went out and proved it.
The Chicago Bears forced three first-half turnovers and linebacker Jonathan Bostic returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown, but the Carolina Panthers spoiled Marc Trestman's NFL head coaching debut with a 24-17 win over Friday.
QB Cam Newton is aware of the $100 million contracts awarded this offseason to fellow NFL quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan — as well as the hefty deal that could await him after the season. But Carolina’s franchise signal caller said a big contract isn’t what motivates him entering year three.
North Carolina never showed the dominance that was expected from the No. 1 national seed in the NCAA Tournament during the Chapel Hill Regional. Still, the Tar Heels showed the resilience that has made them the only team in the country without back-to-back defeats, and that turned out to be enough.
Cam Newton let teammate Greg Hardy handle the trash talk. Newton was busy setting records.
The games go on. For the second straight weekend, tragedy rocked the regularly scheduled world of the NFL. It left families, friends, teammates and coaching staffs grieving over yet another senseless loss of life. It also left the league facing questions not only about efforts to safeguard players on the field but whether it's doing enough to help them stay out of harm's way once they step outside the white lines.