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Cam Newton: Panthers will rebound after getting ‘whooped’ by Steelers

The Carolina Panthers were demolished in front of nationally televised audience this week on “Thursday Night Football.” When it was all said and done, the humbled Panthers were left licking their wounds after being pummeled by the Pittsburgh Steelers to the tune of a 52-21 beatdown.

Cam Newton admitted after the game that the Panthers were “whooped” but stressed the blowout loss can serve as a valuable lesson. The Panthers signal-caller also insisted the team can overcome the embarrassment.

“It was a learning experience for a lot of guys,” Newton said after the game, via the Panthers’ official site. “If we expect to be as good as we expect to be, we have to find ways to win games like this in hostile environments.”

Thursday’s setback leaves the Panthers at 6-3 and behind the 7-1 New Orleans Saints in the NFC South. While the Saints have looked virtually unbeatable after suffering the team’s only loss of the season in Week 1, the Panthers do get two cracks at their division rivals in the season’s final three weeks.

Before those two critical games, though, the Panthers have a mostly favorable schedule remaining outside of a home matchup with the Seattle Seahawks and host the Atlanta Falcons in a game sandwiched between the two showdowns with the Saints.

Perhaps the upcoming schedule is among the reasons why Newton remains resilient and positive despite Thursday’s awful loss.

“I’ve been playing in this league long enough to understand that you need to fight through games like this,” Newton said. “You are going to have these types of games in the league, but it’s going to be about how we rebound.

“We’ll bounce back from this.”

Up first, the Panthers head to the Motor City for a showdown with the struggling Detroit Lions in Week 11. Getting things back on track quickly will be critical if Newton and the Panthers hope to stay within sniffing distance of the surging Saints.