*PANTHERS 34, CARDINALS 10: The Cardinals frequent winning formula of jumping on teams early and playing from the lead was immediately flipped during a no-show start that resulted in a 17-0 in just nine minutes and 35 seconds.
*THE CARDINALS FIRST THREE POSSESSIONS WERE HORRENDOUS: The opening possession concluded with Colt McCoy strip sacked by Haason Reddick after he easily raced past former teammate D.J. Humphries … On the second possession, the Cardinals were stopped on a curious fourth down and one McCoy quarterback sneak call … The third possession ended on a foolishly thrown McCoy toss across the middle that was easily intercepted … The Panthers turned those three possessions into touchdown, touchdown and field goal.
*BY HALFTIME IT WAS 23-0: At intermission, the Panthers had a 16-3 first down edge in addition to 42-24 in total plays and 249-62 in total yards.
*IT WAS A MUCH DIFFERENT DAY FOR MCCOY: Last week, with the Cardinals leading from start to finish, McCoy was 22 of 26 for 249 yards (9.57 yards per attempt) and no turnovers. Against the Panthers, in the first half, he was 9 for 17 for 67 yards with the interception and lost fumble. For the game, McCoy finished 11 of 20 for 107 yards (5.35 yards per attempt) and before leaving with a chest injury after being sacked during the third quarter by an unblocked Shaq Thompson.
*ALSO, ON THE INJURY FRONT: In addition to the McCoy in-game injury, the Cardinals, for a second straight week, were without Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins. Also, starting guards Justin Pugh and Max Garcia were inactive because of injuries that forced them to leave last week at San Francisco … Also, on Saturday, the Cardinals placed Chase Edmonds on injured which means he will miss at least three games.
*CAM NEWTON OUTSCORED THE CARDINALS: Newton’s first two plays back with the Panthers resulted in the Panthers first-quarter touchdowns – a two-yard run and a two-yard pass to Robby Anderson.