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Panthers skid continues in Tampa Bay

Against a defense missing its top three cornerbacks, Newton totaled just 54 yards in the first half. He only attempted 10 passes in the first two quarters, but still. And his second pick of the half was particularly rough because a.) it ended a promising drive at the Tampa Bay 25-yard line and b.) it gave the Bucs a chance to extend their lead to 10 at the half. That difference? The 10 points they scored off turnovers.

Newton and the passing offense were more productive in the second half, but a pair of picks were killers. As was the pass he sailed high to a wide-open Devin Funchess on fourth-and-9 with 2:25 to go.

Then, Newton was for the second time this season pulled in favor Taylor Heinicke for a Hail Mary. Clearly, Newton’s shoulder wasn’t feeling up to the throw.

In a season when he’s done so much so well, Sunday was a disappointing step back.

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