CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton has never liked being referred to as a running quarterback.
“I have labeled myself as a pocket passer with the ability to run,” Newton said.
Newton proved again he can beat teams with his arm, throwing a career-high five touchdown passes on Sunday and the Carolina Panthers improved to 10-0 with a dominating 44-16 win over the Washington Redskins.
Newton completed 21 of 34 passes for 246 yards and threw TD passes to five different receivers as Carolina stretched its regular-season win streak to 14 games, including eight straight at home.
Cardinals 34, Bengals 31 — Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 32-yard field goal with 2 seconds left as Arizona (8-2) escaped with a wild victory over Cincinnati (8-2). The field goal was considerably closer than it would have been because Cincinnati’s Domata Peko was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for calling out the offensive signals as the Cardinals were about to spike the ball to set up the kick.
Chiefs 33, Chargers 3 — Dontari Poe scored a 1-yard touchdown on fourth down and linebacker Justin Houston intercepted Philip Rivers and returned it 17 yards for a score as Kansas City (5-5) embarrassed free-falling San Diego (2-8).
Packers 30, Vikings 13 — Aaron Rodgers threw for 212 yards and a pair of touchdown passes and Datone Jones had two of six sacks for Green Bay (7-3), which snapped a three-game losing streak and pulled even with Minnesota (7-3) in the NFC North race.
Broncos 17, Bears 15 — Brock Osweiler threw for two touchdowns while starting for the injured Peyton Manning, and Denver (8-2) stopped Jeremy Langford on a 2-point conversion run in the final minute to beat Chicago (4-6).
Cowboys 24, Dolphins 14 — Tony Romo pulled off his latest comeback victory, returning from a collarbone injury to throw for two scores, and Dallas (3-7) beat Miami (4-6) for the first time since he was hurt in Week 2.
Buccaneers 45, Eagles 17 — Jameis Winston tied a rookie record with five touchdown passes, Doug Martin ran for 235 yards, and Tampa Bay (5-5) beat fading Philadelphia (4-6).
Ravens 16, Rams 13 — Justin Tucker kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired, and Baltimore (3-7), which lost quarterback Joe Flacco to a season-ending torn ACL, rallied from a 10-point hole to beat bumbling St. Louis (4-6).
Colts 24, Falcons 21 — Adam Vinatieri kicked a 43-yard field goal with 52 seconds left, and Indianapolis (5-5) overcame a pair of two-touchdown deficits to beat slumping Atlanta (6-4) behind backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.
Texans 24, Jets 17 — DeAndre Hopkins had two touchdown catches and Alfred Blue caught a TD pass from receiver Cecil Shorts to help Houston (5-5) over New York (5-5) for its third straight win.