Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had a solid, albeit unspectacular return in his first game back from ankle surgery.
He completed 4 of 9 passes for 65 yards, leading a pair of touchdown drives during a 28-16 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Stewart rushed for a pair of touchdowns.
The Panthers want Newton to pass more and run less.
“I'm trying to win football games and if that is saying, `Cam hand the ball off every play. Cam run the ball down the field 20 yards like a chicken with his head cut off every play. Cam drop back and throw the ball. Cam go get everybody a drink of water.'” Newton said. “Whatever is asked of me, I will do to try to win the football game.”
Newton was rusty early.
Newton had some signs of rust.
“We had a slow start tonight, which is unacceptable,” Newton said. “We have to stay on schedule and not waste opportunities like the shot to Benji. Kansas City's a good football team and we didn't match their intensity early.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun