Locker Room Buzz: Carolina Panthers

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Observed in the locker room after the Carolina Panthers' 35-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings:

Been there, done that: Quarterback Cam Newton entered the locker room wearing a pink hoodie over his head but not much reaction on his face. Despite a career-best passer rating, he looked like this was just a routine game.

Stairway not to heaven: Left tackle Jordan Gross apparently wasn't thrilled with the path from the field to the locker room. "Stairs were worse than the game,'' he said.

Two more, please: Coach Ron Rivera reached through the locker room door and asked for two more game balls, one for linebacker Thomas Davis and the other for safety Mike Mitchell. He could have used a dozen.

Moving on: Defensive end Greg Hardy refused to answer any questions about Minnesota, putting all of his focus on next week's game against the St. Louis Rams.

No trash talk: Wide receiver Steve Smith, who last week called umpire Dan Ferrell "garbage,'' couldn't get over still being asked if he's been fined by the NFL. "I did not get fined,'' he said.