The Carolina Panthers rolled to a 45-21 win over Miami on Monday, as Cam Newton threw for 254 yards and four touchdowns and ran five times for 95 yards.
It was like 2015 all over again.
“He’s pretty special,” Panthers tight end Ed Dickson said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “When he runs the ball like that, when our offense runs the ball like that, it’s hard for any team to stop us. If he throws four touchdowns, we’re dang near unbeatable.”
As a team, Carolina rushed 36 times for 294 yards (8.2 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. Christian McCaffrey made plays as both a runner and a receiver, rushing five times for 23 yards and a score and hauling in three catches for 27 yards and a score.
“The sky’s the limit with that guy,” Dickson said. “I’m very impressed with the rookie coming in and just doing the things that he’s been doing for this offense. The sky’s the limit for him, and we’re going to continue to ride that McCaffrey Train. We picked the right guy.”
Dickson, to his credit, found the end zone as well. His 7-yard touchdown reception with 19 seconds left in the first half gave Carolina a 17-7 lead.
The rout was on.
Carolina (7-3), which has won three in a row, will only improve once Greg Olsen returns from IR after the bye.
“We’re a 1-2 punch,” said Dickson. “To have him back after this bye just makes us even more dangerous. As an offense, I’m excited to have my brother back and get rolling with this offense.”
The Panthers play the Jets (4-6) on the road on Sunday, Nov. 26, but a Week 13 showdown with the Saints (7-2) in New Orleans could decide the division.
“We never like to look forward,” Dickson said, “but we’re looking forward to going down there and playing the Saints if we both keep winning like this.”