Newton throws for 2 TDs; Panthers handle Bucs - NBC Sports

Newton throws for 2 TDs; Panthers handle Bucs
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) rushes past Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) and defensive end Da'Quan Bowers (91) during the first quarter of an NFL football game on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
October 24, 2013, 11:30 pm

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score Thursday night to lead the surging Carolina Panthers to a 31-13 victory over the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Panthers (4-3) won for the fourth time in five games following an 0-2 start. They've won three straight, with Newton throwing for 667 yards, six TDs and no interceptions.

The Bucs (0-7), one of two NFL teams yet to win, have dropped the first seven games in a season for the seventh time in franchise history. They've lost 12 of 13 dating to last year, and some fans showed up at Raymond James Stadium carrying signs and wearing paper bags over their heads urging that second-year coach Greg Schiano be fired.

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