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Tom Brady threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns and the New England Patriots shut down Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers 30-7 on Friday night. Here are highlights.

The Carolina Panthers’ defense will be top 5 in the NFL, the offense won’t. On the questions of the offensive line and Cam Newton’s ankle, I still don’t know.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. There was only one team on the field Friday night that looked dangerous this season, and it certainly wasn’t the Carolina Panthers.

You could name a lot more than five in this one, but as I sit in the pressbox in Foxborough, Mass., here are the first five that come to mind after watching the New England Patriots overwhelm the Carolina Panthers.

Byron Bell had his toughest outing of the preseason as Chandler Jones sacked quarterback Cam Newton twice in the first half and tackled Newton on a scramble during the Panthers exhibition against the New England Patriots.

Carolina Panthers at New England Patriots: The Panthers have had just four days to prepare between Sunday's 28-16 win over the Kansas City Chiefs and Friday night's NFL game at New England. Follow the game with Observer reporters' social media updates.

Tom Brady's offense and the New England Patriots' defense dominated the Carolina Panthers.

Johnny Manziel has been slapped on the finger.

The South Carolina state trooper who arrested NFL defensive lineman Sam Montgomery at a traffic stop last June has been fired.

The Washington Post says it will stop calling Washington's football team the "Redskins" on its editorial page.

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