Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton made it look easy, tossing a career-high five touchdown passes on Sunday and the Panthers improved to 10-0 in dominating fashion 44-16 over the Washington Redskins. Newton threw for 246 yards, and through TD passes to five different receivers. Jonathan Stewart ran for 102 yards on 21 carries and caught a 12-yard touchdown pass.
Greg Olsen, Mike Tolbert, Ted Ginn Jr. and Devin Funchess also caught TD passes.
The Panthers now enjoy a four-game lead in the NFC South, over the Atlanta Falcons. Carolina is not just an offensive juggernaut. The Panther defense forced five turnovers leading to 27 points and sacked Washington quarterback Kirk cousins five times, while holding the Redskins to 14 yards rushing on 12 attempts.
“They’re undefeated for a reason,” Cousins said. “It doesn’t just happen on accident. They have great players and a great scheme, and they have several players who’ve played in this system for several years. You see the fruit of that in how they’ve played this season.”
Washington’s loss comes one week after a 47-14 win over the New Orleans Saints. “Last week, we felt pretty good — top of the mountain,” Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said. “It’s a humbling game.”