Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey lead Panthers against Cardinals without Kyler Murray – .

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Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey lead Panthers against Cardinals without Kyler Murray – .


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Matt Rhule has Kliff Kingsbury’s number. The two met in 2018 and the Rhule Baylor Bears beat the Kingsbury Texas Tech Red Raiders 35-24. Kingsbury was sacked the next day.

Carolina beat the Cardinals 41-21 in 2020 in Rhule’s fourth game with the Panthers.

It was an even bigger blowout on Sunday as the Panthers led 23-0 at halftime and won 34-10.

On his debut with the Panthers on his second stint with Carolina, Cam Newton ran for a 2-yard touchdown on his first play and threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson on his second play. He finished 3 of 4 for 8 yards and a touchdown and ran for 14 yards and a touchdown in three carries.

Christian McCaffrey played his fifth game of the season. He ran 95 yards on 13 carries and caught 10 passes for 66 yards. He had almost as many yards as the Cardinals, who finished with 169.

PJ Walker, who started in place of injured Sam Darnold, finished 22 of 29 for 167 yards and an interception.

Colt McCoy started in place of Kyler Murray for a second straight week, with the starting quarterback treating an ankle injury. By the time McCoy left with a chest injury in the second half after a Shaq Thompson sack, the game was out of control.

McCoy lost a fumble and threw an interception and finished 11 of 20 for 107 yards. Christian Kirk was the Cardinals’ primary receiver, who was without an injured DeAndre Hopkins, Kirk making seven catches for 58 yards.

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