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Panthers rumble past Buccaneers
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Mike James (25) catches a pass for a first down as he is tackled by Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly during the first half of a National Football League game in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday night. - photo by The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. — 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 urging that second-year coach Greg Schiano be fired.