Panthers Vs. Bengals Score: Cam Newton Struggles As Cincinnati Rolls, 24-13

If tonight was any indication, the future could be bright in Cincinnati. Led by their two young rookies -- Andy Dalton and A.J. Green -- the Bengals handedly defeated the Carolina Panthers, 24-13, in their Thursday night NFL preseason matchup.

Dalton led four scoring drives in the first half to carry Cincinnati to an early lead, punctuated by a blistering 40-yard touchdown bomb to Green midway through the second quarter. The rookie-to-rookie connection was the first touchdown of either man's professional career, and potentially could be a sign of things to come for the beleaguered Bengals franchise. Dalton ended the game 11-of-17, with 130 yards and a touchdown.

But where one rookie quarterback shined, the other struggled. Panthers' first round pick Cam Newton once again submitted an unremarkable performance, as the Carolina offense continually failed to find a rhythm. Outside of a mighty 16-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, Newton labored to move the Panther attack, finishing just 6-of-19 for 75 yards.

The Bengals play their final preseason game next Thursday against the Indianapolis Colts, starting at 7 p.m. ET. Carolina caps off their preseason the same night with a home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

For more post-game reaction and analysis of the Cincinnati Bengals' preseason matchup against the Carolina Panthers, check out Cincy Jungle and Cat Scratch Reader.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.