Panthers lead Dolphins 3-0 after first quarter

Ross Houston
November 14, 2017

The Panthers' quarterback also rushed for 95 yards on the night, including a 69-yard gain in the third quarter that electrified the fans at Bank of America Stadium.

After a pair of powerful statements from the defending conference champion Atlanta Falcons and the division-leading New Orleans Saints, the Carolina Panthers couldn't afford to fall flat on Monday night. Quarterback Jay Cutler was looking to get the Miami offense points, but ended up making a bad decision looking for Julius Thomas and instead finding Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly.

The Carolina Panthers put together by far their most complete game of the season on Monday night, as they obliterated the Dolphins, 45-21, in prime time to move to 7-3 on the season. That formula worked to perfection on Monday and is what the Panthers have been doing during their three-game winning streak.

But somehow the Dolphins have managed to remain even at 4-4. The Carolina offense wasted no time turning the interception into a touchdown and from that point on, the Panthers scoring never stopped. Jonathan Stewart had 110 yards on 17 carries as the Panthers rolled up 294 rushing yards against the NFL's seventh-ranked rush defense.

Panthers: Rookie wide receiver Curtis Samuel left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury after dropping a would-be touchdown pass in the end zone.

The Dolphins showed life when Kenyan Drake went 66 yards for a touchdown on a third-down run. Miami was never able to make the game competitive after that point.

The Panthers, who have already won more games than they did all of last season, will have a bye next week before returning to play November 26 against the Jets.

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