The Carolina Panthers bounced back to winning ways with a 30-20 NFL victory over the Arizona Cardinals at the Bank of America Stadium on Sunday however their star quarter-back was left furious at his supposed lack of protection from cheap shots by the referees.
The Panthers, last season’s losing Super Bowl finalists, have made a slow start this term and had lost their last four prior to the Cardinals clash in Charlotte.
However they turned things around on Sunday as Jonathan Stewart ran for 95 yards and helped himself to two touchdowns while Thomas Davis got Carolina off and running with a 46-yard dash following a fumble. Those were the highlights from a performance that suggested that the Panthers could repeat last season’s heroics.
While pleased with the win, Carolina’s Newton spent much of the post-match press conference criticising the amount of cheap-shots he received and claimed that he is not protected as much as other quarter-backs in the league are.
“It’s really taking the fun out of the game for me, honestly, it really is,” Newton said of continuous off the ball contact.
“At times, I don’t even feel safe. Enough is enough.
“I plan on talking to commissioner Goodell about this. It’s not fun, and I don’t know what I have to do.”
Elsewhere on an action-packed Sunday, the Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals played out a 27-27 tie at Wembley while the New England Patriots extended their winning streak to four games with a 41-25 success at the Buffalo Bills.
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The New York Jets only narrowly avoided an upset against the struggling Cleveland Browns at the FirstEnergy Stadium.
The Houston Texans maintained their perfect home record this season in beating the Detroit Lions 20-13.
The Kansas City Chiefs triumphed 30-14 at the Indianapolis Colts.
The Seattle Seahawks fell to a surprise 25-20 defeat at the New Orleans Saints.
The Oakland Raiders also went to overtime on Sunday but managed to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-24 after a nervy finish.
There were also wins for the Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys over the San Diego Chargers, Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles respectively.