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NFL: Anderson leads Carolina past Tampa Bay, may start against Browns

Anderson, Cleveland haven't met since 2009


Photo Credit: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Former Scappoose and Oregon State quarterback Derek Anderson takes part in a kids camp at Scappoose High School in June. Anderson led the Carolina Panthers to a win over Tampa Bay on Sunday, and might pick up his second consecutive start this coming weekend.Heading into the final two weeks of the 2014 NFL season, Derek Anderson has a chance — just a chance — at a little payback on the Cleveland Browns.

The former Oregon State Beavers and Scappoose High School quarterback started last week for the Carolina Panthers (5-8-1), leading his team to a victory over Tampa Bay (2-12) and keeping the Panthers alive in the playoff hunt.

And this Sunday, should regular starter Cam Newton be once again sidelined after the rollover crash of his pickup truck earlier this month, Anderson will have a shot at sticking it to the Cleveland Browns, the team who cut him back in 2009.

Anderson wasn't perfect in the Panthers' beating of the Buccaneers, but did the right things at the right times in order to keep Carolina in position to win. Anderson completed 25 of 40 passing attempts — 18 of them for first downs — for 277 yards and a touchdown, and left the running game to the capable legs of former Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Anderson and Stewart combined to drive out of Carolina territory and into field goal range, with Anderson completing a pass on 2nd and 12 and then rushing up the middle on third and one to sustain the drive and set up what would be a game-winning field goal. Tampa Bay scored once more to make it 19-17, and Carolina intercepted Tampa quarterback Josh McCown with 14 seconds to play, securing the victory.

If Anderson gets the second consecutive start, it would be the first such occurrence since the 2010 season when Anderson started for the Arizona Cardinals. It would also be the first meeting between Anderson and the Browns with Anderson on the opposite side of the field.

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