The Carolina Panthers wanted to eliminate talk of coach Ron Rivera's job security entering the bye week. So they earned their most lopsided victory.
Cam Newton threw three touchdown passes and ran for another, and Carolina sacked Eli Manning seven times as the Panthers handed Tom Coughlin his worst defeat as coach of the New York Giants, 38-0 Sunday.
It was the largest margin of victory in Panthers history after they surrendered fourth-quarter leads in their first two games, losses to Seattle and Buffalo.
The Panthers (1-2) allowed Newton to run out of the read option, which helped open up an offense that had been mostly stagnant this season. Newton had 223 yards passing and threw two touchdown passes to Brandon LaFell and one to Ted Ginn Jr. He ran for 45 yards and his first TD of the season.
The Giants are in trouble: Of the 161 teams that have started the season 0-3 since 1978, only five made the NFL playoffs, according to STATS LLC.
The Giants came in with only 73 yards rus...