This was the Cam Newton who was the talk of the NFL last season.

Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two to lead the visiting Carolina Panthers to a 30-22 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night in a matchup of teams with the worst records in the NFC.

Newton, who hadn't played up to his sensational rookie season, showed no signs of a sophomore slump against Philadelphia's porous pass defense. He finished 18 of 28 for 306 yards and had a passer rating of 125. "I think my best game is still to come," Newton said. "I'm still focused on getting better each and every week."

Bryce Brown set an Eagles rookie record with 178 yards rushing, including TD runs of 65 and 5 yards, but Philadelphia (3-8) still lost its seventh straight game.

Carolina (3-8) went ahead 24-22 early in the fourth quarter on Graham Gano's 23-yard field goal.

Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox left the game with injuries. Jackson suffered a sternum injury, Cox a lower back/tailbone injury. X-rays on both were negative.

Patriots: New England defensive end Jermaine Cunningham was suspended for four games without pay for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Buccaneers: Tampa Bay's porous secondary took another hit when cornerback Eric Wright was suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.


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Seahawks: Seattle coach Pete Carroll said he plans on starting cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner playing this week in Chicago, despite the possibility they could be facing four-game suspensions for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. ESPN.com first reported Sunday afternoon, after the Seahawks' 24-21 loss at Miami, that Browner and Sherman, a former Stanford player, are facing suspensions and are in the process of appealing.

Ravens: More than half a dozen sources told Yahoo! Sports that linebacker Ray Lewis, believed to be lost for the season after suffering a torn triceps in mid-October, is expected to return before the end of the 2012 campaign, perhaps as early as the Ravens' Dec. 16 showdown with Denver.

Lions: NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted that the Lions have been notified that Ndamukong Suh won't be suspended for Thursday's low blow against Houston quarterback Matt Schaub, though it will be reviewed for a potential fine.

Bears: Chicago will be without starting right guard Lance Louis for the rest of the season because of a left knee injury, a torn ACL according to several reports. And for that, the Bears are not happy with Minnesota's Jared Allen.

"Yes. I did," Bears coach Lovie Smith said when asked if he thought the hit by Allen that injured Louis was unnecessary. " ... I think there are some plays when you look at them again, you say, 'Hey, we could have done without that.' "

No penalty was called, and Allen defended the hit afterward, saying he thought it was legal.

Cardinals: Arizona, reeling from a seven-game losing streak, lost starting center Lyle Sendlein for the season with a torn left MCL. Sendlein sustained the injury during Sunday's loss to St. Louis,

Titans: Coach Mike Munchak fired offensive coordinator Chris Palmer and replaced him with quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains.

Saints: The NFL will not suspend starting defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley for his kick to the back of offensive lineman Alex Boone's helmet in the final minutes of the 49ers' 31-21 victory over New Orleans on Sunday, a person familiar with the situation said.

Wire services contributed to this report.