Newton, offense hits stride under the bright lights

CHARLOTTE – Despite a 6-3 record heading into their Monday Night Football matchup against the Miami Dolphins, the Carolina Panthers had managed to score four touchdowns in a game just once in 2017.

Then Monday, they scored four touchdowns in less than one quarter of clock time – and added a touchdown before and after the onslaught.

Along the way, the Panthers piled up a franchise-record 548 yards of total offense, breaking out in a big way while dispatching the Dolphins by a 45-21 count.

“I’d love to do that every week. That would be awesome,” left tackle Matt Kalil said. “We’ve got a good thing going right now.”

The Panthers already had a good thing going on defense before Monday night. Carolina entered the game as the league’s best in terms of total defense and found itself in the running for a return to the postseason based largely on that side’s strength.

Monday, at long last, the…

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