There wasn’t much to criticize Cam Newton about Monday.

Cam Newton says Panthers just ‘scratching the surface’ after record night

Unless you’re one of his closest friends.

Newton said following Monday’s 45-21 win over the Dolphins at Bank of America Stadium he had a text from a friend waiting for him when he got back to his locker.

Woodyard, who registered a team-high seven tackles, said Tennessee’s defense accomplished three of its four pregame goals: Create turnovers (two), stop the run (53 yards on 14 carries), and harass quarterback Andy Dalton (a strip-sack by outside linebacker Brian Orakpo and two pressures).

The inability to complete the fourth one — not letting A.J. Green become a factor — almost proved disastrous. Green beat cornerback Logan Ryan on an inside slant and zipped through Tennessee’s secondary for a 70-yard score to give Cincinnati a 20-17 lead with 5:03 remaining.

Atlanta also forfeited its third-round selection in next June’s amateur draft as punishment for offering “impermissible benefits” to an unidentified draft pick in an effort to convince him to sign for a lower bonus.

Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State — Rudolph was nearly perfect in Saturday’s shootout win at Iowa State. The 6-5, 230-pound senior was 25 of 31 for 376 yards and three touchdowns in Oklahoma State’s 49-42 victory.

Keenum completed 27 of 38 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown, leaving it tough for coach Mike Zimmer to even consider turning to Teddy Bridgewater. “It’s going to be hard to yank him out of there right now,” Zimmer said of Keenum. “He’s playing good. I still have really high hopes for Teddy, and a lot of things happen throughout the course of the season, so we’ll just see how it goes.”nike_steelers_720