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Newton has been hit more than any quarterback in the NFL over the past three seasons and Rivera has said he'd like to reduce the wear and tear on his franchise quarterback.
(AP) If Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera has his way, Cam Newton won't be running as many read option plays as he has in the past.
If Jonathan Stewart runs the way he did Sunday night, Newton won't need to.
Newton had to shake off some early rust.
penalty on Chiefs cornerback Ron Parker that set up Stewart's first TD a run in which the 5 foot 10, 235 pounder bounced off a defender and bowled his way into the end zone.
"If we can run the ball effectively with the backs and not have to rely on him running we would much rather do that," Rivera said.
Kansas City's Alex Smith finished 14 of 22 for 127 yards.
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"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 Saucony Purple Running Shoes 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.' . Whatever is asked of me, I will do to try to win the football game," Newton said.
And that's fine with Newton.
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But Stewart replaced DeAngelo Williams and immediately gave the Panthers a boost with a 17 yard carry around left end. The Panthers found their rhythm after that, driving 66 and 50 yards for touchdowns on their next two possessions.
Kansas City's search for a reliable No. 2 receiver continues.
Rookie quarterback Aaron Murray's first NFL pass completion was for a 43 yard touchdown strike to tight end Travis Kelce, but he later threw an interception leading to a Carolina touchdown.
Smith said. "We moved the ball on a stout defense. We just didn't finish, but self inflicted things tonight."
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He missed on five of his first six passes and was sacked for a 13 yard loss, leading to three straight three and outs to start the game.
Newton completed 4 of 9 passes for 65 yards and led a pair of touchdown drives before exiting late in the second quarter with Carolina (1 1) up 14 6. Stewart ran for 26 yards on four carries and made a strong case to be the Panthers' goal line back if not their primary ball carrier with scoring runs of 3 and 2 yards.
Newton was rusty early.
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"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."
Carolina's first three possessions netted a yard and no first downs. Newton compounded the problem by overthrowing Kelvin Benjamin on a deep ball after the rookie receiver got behind the secondary.
The Chiefs (1 1) moved the ball well early on without star running back Jamaal Charles, but were forced to settle for a pair of field goals one of them a 54 yarder by Ryan Succup.
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Dwayne Bowe, who will miss the first game of the regular season because of an NFL imposed suspension, had five catches for 62 yards but none of the Chiefs' other wide receivers stood out.
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