Auburn NFL roundup: Cam Newton dissatisfied after setting Panthers’ passing records


Carolina quarterback Cam Newton set a franchise record on Sunday, but it didn’t keep the Panthers from dropping their third game in a row.

During a 30-27 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Newton completed all 14 of his first-half passes. That’s the most passes in a first half without an incompletion for a Carolina QB in team history.

Newton reached halftime at 14-of-14 for 159 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, and the Panthers had only a 13-10 lead at the break.

In the second half, Newton went 11-of-16 for 97 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and Carolina led by a touchdown coming down the stretch.

After the Seahawks scored with 3:26 remaining to tie the game, Newton made three first-down throws in four snaps. But when Carolina’s drive stalled at the Seahawks’ 34-yard line after the two-minute warning, Panthers place-kicker Graham Gano failed to connect on a 52-yard field-goal attempt with 1:40 to play.

Seattle used all but four seconds left on the clock to move to the Carolina 13-yard line, and Sebastian Janikowski broke the 27-27 tie with a 31-yard field goal as time expired.

Newton also ran for 63 yards on eight carries on Sunday.

The former Auburn standout threw a 7-yard TD pass with 6:15 left in the second quarter as Carolina took a 10-3 lead and a 2-yard touchdown pass with 6:57 remaining to break a 20-20 tie.

All together, Newton completed 25-of-30 passes for 256 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. With a passer rating of 110.6, Newton set another franchise record with his sixth consecutive game with a rating in triple digits.

He finished 25-for-30 for 256 yards with two touchdowns and a 110.6 passer rating, extending his franchise record stretch to six straight games with a rating in the 100s and tying for the NFL’s fourth-longest such streak since 2008.

“The most important statistic in all of sports is winning and losing,” Newton said.

The loss dropped the Panthers to 6-5, the same record now possessed by the Seahawks.

“I take it personal that here we are,” Newton said. “Three weeks ago, if someone would have said that this is what was going to happen, I would have slapped them. But things happen, and nobody is going to feel sorry for us. We’re just opening up a lot of hope for other teams.”

Newton was among the 14 former Auburn players who got on the field during the 12th Sunday of the NFL’s 2018 season.

Other former Auburn players who started on Sunday included:

· Middle linebacker Josh Bynes of the Arizona Cardinals made three tackles in a 45-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

· Tight end C.J. Uzomah of the Cincinnati Bengals caught six passes for 39 yards in a 35-20 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Uzomah tied his single-game career high for receptions.

· Left offensive tackle Greg Robinson of the Browns against the Bengals. Cleveland did not allow quarterback Baker Mayfield to be sacked as the Browns won a road game for the first time since Week 5 of the 2015 season, breaking a 25-game losing streak.

· Right offensive tackle Braden Smith of the Indianapolis Colts in a 27-24 victory over the Miami Dolphins. The Colts’ win was their fifth in a row.

· Running back Peyton Barber and cornerback Carlton Davis of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a 27-9 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Barber ran for 47 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. He scored on a 2-yard run with 8:25 left in the third quarter as the Bucs took a 20-9 lead. Barber also caught two passes for 16 yards. Davis recorded one tackle.

Other former Auburn players seeing action on Sunday included:

· Panthers running back Cameron Artis-Payne against the Seahawks.

· Browns safety Jermaine Whitehead against the Bengals.

· Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Montravius Adams made three tackles in a 24-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Adams entered the contest with four tackles in his 17-game career.

· New England Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones and linebacker Brandon King (Thompson) in a 27-13 victory over the New York Jets. Jones recorded three tackles.

· Oakland Raiders place-kicker Daniel Carlson made all three of his kicks in a 34-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Carlson connected on a 42-yard field-goal attempt and hit two extra points.

· Seahawks cornerback Neiko Thorpe returned against the Panthers after missing four games with a groin injury.


Cardinals safety Rudy Ford (New Hope) and 49ers offensive tackle Shon Coleman were designated as inactive.

The 12th week of the 2018 NFL season concludes when the Tennessee Titans visit the Houston Texans at 7:15 p.m. CDT Monday. ESPN will televise the game.

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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