Vikings punish Cam Newton in big road win over Carolina


The Vikings battered Cam Newton and improved to 3-0 after Sunday's 22-10 win over the Carolina Panthers.

Newton threw three interceptions and was sacked eight times by a Vikings defense that pitched a shutout after a shaky first quarter where they allowed 10 quick points.

Danielle Hunter sacked Newton in the end zone for Minnesota's first two points of the game. Trailing 10-2 in the second quarter, Marcus Sherels returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown, but Blair Walsh missed the extra point wide to the right.

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A 15-yard touchdown pass from Sam Bradford to tight end Kyle Rudolph gave the Vikings the lead, and they made it 16-10 after Jerick McKinnon punched in the two-point conversion.

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Walsh extended the lead to 22-10 with a pair of short field goals (28 and 31 yards).

These guys sacked Newton:

  • Everson Griffen (three)
  • Linval Joseph
  • Danielle Hunter
  • Linval Joseph
  • Anthony Barr
  • Harrison Smith

These guys intercepted Newton:

  • Terence Newman
  • Trae Waynes
  • Tom Johnson

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