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Panthers pulverize Bucs; 38-19

Cam Newton ran for three touchdowns to set the NFL single-season record for rushing TDs by a quarterback, leading the Carolina Panthers to a 38-19 stomping of the struggling Buccaneers on Sunday.

The Buccaneers (4-8), who played in their tantalizing throwback creamsicle unis, have lost six straight and seven of eight following a 3-1 start.

The Guys in Orange played without quarterback Josh Freeman, who sat out with an injury to his throwing shoulder. Josh Johnson made his fifth pro start, throwing for 229 yards and one touchdown while also leading his team in rushing.

Connor Barth kicked field goals of 50, 47, 46 and 44 yards for Tampa Bay in the first half.

Johnson didn’t get the Bucs into the end zone until he threw a 23-yard TD pass to Dezmon Briscoe in the fourth quarter.

Most of Tampa Bay’s offense in the opening half came on two plays – Johnson’s 38-yard completion to Arrelious Benn and a 42-yarder to Mike Williams.

Next: Sunday December 11 at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 ET.

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