CHARLOTTE--The Redskins turned the ball over five times against the Panthers, a recipe for disaster when playing a quality team on the road. But to pour salt onto the wound, the Panthers scored following each takeaway.
Kirk Cousins interception, Panthers TD— Cousins third pass attempt of the game sailed over the head of DeSean Jackson and into the arms of safety Kurt Coleman. He returned it 28 yards to the Redskins 31. It took them just three plays to score on Cam Newton’s screen pass to Jonathan Stewart.
Matt Jones fumble, Panthers TD— Jones took a pitch from Cousins and looked to have some open ground in front of him. But Luke Kuechly stripped the ball away and Thomas Davis recovered at the Redskins 24. It took six plays but the Panthers got in the end zone again on a five-yard touchdown from Newton to tight end Greg Olsen.
Kirk Cousins fumble, Panthers FG— The Redskins had a promising drive going and were in Carolina Territory when defensive end Kony Ealy got the lineman’s triple play, a sack, strip, and recovery when he knocked the ball out of Cousins’ hand as he tried to pass. The Panthers moved from their own 38 to a Graham Gano field goal as time ran out in the first half.
Cousins fumble, Panthers TD— On the first play of the second half, nobody picked up blitzing cornerback Bene Benwikere. He got to Cousins, knocked the ball loose, and recovered it at the Washington 11. Three plays later Newton threw to receiver Devin Funchess for the touchdown.
Jordan Reed fumble, Panthers FG— The game was already well out of hand when Cousins threw to Reed for 13 yards to get into Carolina territory. But while running after the catch cornerback Josh Norman stripped the ball and Kuechly retired.
Add it up, it's five turnovers for 27 points. It's hard to when when you are giving away points like that.