Cam Newton tossed for 242 yards and three touchdowns to guide the Panthers to a 35-10 victory over the Vikings in Minnesota. Newton added 30 yards and a TD on the ground for Carolina, which improved to 2-and-3. Brandon LaFell had four catches for 107 yards and a touchdown in the win. Matt Cassel threw for 241 yards, a score and two interceptions for Minnesota, which slipped to 1-and-4. Adrian Peterson played and ran for 62 yards despite the death of his young son earlier in the week. Kyle Rudolph hauled in nine balls for 97 yards and a score in defeat.
Vikings’ Peterson Plays Days After Son’s Death
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson suited up and played for his team on Sunday, just days after the death of his two-year-old son. Peterson ran for 62 yards on ten carries and made three catches for 21 yards in the Vikings’ 35-10 home loss to the Carolina Panthers. Peterson’s son died Friday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from injuries sustained during an alleged aggravated assault. Police have charged 27-year-old Joseph Patterson with the crime. TMZ reported over the weekend that Peterson met his son for the first time on Thursday while the child was on life support The report indicated that Peterson only learned of the boy’s existence a few months ago. Peterson declined to comment on his relationship with his son following Sunday’s game.
NFLPA: Schiano Leaked Freeman Report
The NFL Players Association thinks Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano leaked confidential information about former Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman’s inclusion in the NFL’s substance-abuse program. “USA Today” says the union wants the league to participate in a joint investigation of Schiano so it can question him. NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith said the union would investigate if the Buccaneers leaked information about the quarterback. Freeman said he never tested positive for an illegal drug but takes ADHD medication and said he accidentally took Ritalin instead of Adderall last year, which triggered a positive test. Freeman has since been released and joined the Minnesota Vikings.