Carolina Panthers: Top takeaways from Week 5 win over Lions

Gone were the dink-and-dunk passes that Newton was throwing early in the season, replaced by darts to Ed Dickson, Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, et al. "After senior year in college, I got a call from my head coach and he told me Minnesota wanted to give me a tryout". "(Funchess) is from Detroit and it just worked out ideal for us".

Cam Newton let his play do the talking on Sunday, as he was almost flawless against a tough Detroit Lions defense. He was limping considerably toward the end of the fourth quarter because of the beating. It was the second game of his National Football League career in which Newton passed for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception.

Expect an exciting game in a matchup of two of the NFL's better teams.

On Thursday, Newton said in a video apology, "I understand that my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful to women. I'm pretty excited about that". However, the Lions defense is a bigger challenge than what the Panthers saw in week 4.

But the mood was a little peppier Sunday. While there's some merit to that second part, his teammates charged with protecting him - and that includes the tight ends and running backs - need to be better.

But with Olsen out with a broken foot and the Lions (3-2) selling out to stop the run, Dickson found wide expanses of artificial turf to gallop through. Green's 47-yard catch set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Joe Mixon that put Cincinnati ahead to stay in the fourth quarter.

Ed Dickson: The Lions had no answer for the Panthers' tight end, whose 175 receiving yards were the 10th most in team history (and more than Dickson had in any of his three previous seasons in Carolina).

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"I couldn't feel sorry for myself knowing that certain things took place that were out of my control", Newton said.

Olsen isn't eligible to come off injured reserve until November 26, so look for Dickson to continue serving as an important target for Newton in the coming weeks. I take ownership to everything that comes with that. "Look out for us".

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With a big lead, the Panthers' defense started teeing off on Stafford in the second half.

A couple of defensive players said the problem was poor tackling, including some rare misses by middle linebacker Luke Kuechly. I really think so. We were right there.

Carolina needs to get Stewart rolling downhill, even against defenses focused on stopping him.

Why? Because they signal that this team, now atop the NFC South with a 4-1 record, still has room to improve in significant ways. From the Panthers' lone loss of the season two weeks ago? "Obviously, we've had - I'm talking about this game in particular - way too many". "(But) it's five games, and if we don't play well from here on out none of it matters".

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