TAMPA, Fla. — Cam Newton is playing some of the best football of his career, and the surging Carolina Panthers are back over .500 for the first time in five years.
An efficient Newton threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score Thursday night to pace a 31-13 victory over the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Panthers (4-3) have won three straight, with Newton throwing for 667 yards, six TDs, and no interceptions.
The Buccaneers (0-7), one of two teams yet to win, have dropped the first seven games in a season for the seventh time in franchise history. Some fans showed up at Raymond James Stadium carrying signs and wearing paper bags over their heads urging that second-year coach Greg Schiano be fired. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.