Panthers, Newton stick to business
MINNEAPOLIS — Cam Newton threw three scoring passes and ran for a TD, and the Panthers beat mourning running back Adrian Peterson and the Vikings.
Peterson played two days after his 2-year-old son died from injuries police say were caused by abuse (see Around the league, this page). He had 62 yards on 10 carries and 21 yards on three receptions, but the Vikings didn't have much use for him after halftime.
Matt Cassel threw two interceptions, both to safety Mike Mitchell, and both set up Carolina scores. The Vikings were embarrassed on both sides of the ball by a team that had 11 penalties, seven sacks allowed and six points in a loss last week. "When one guy has a tragedy like that, we all kind of feel it in a way," Mitchell said of Peterson. "We still have our goals that we have to get accomplished."
Newton threw for 242 yards without a turnover. "His focus and attention to detail on things all week … it's all part of the process of him developing," coach Ron Rivera said.