If it seems like the Redskins haven't beaten the Panthers in a while, that's because it's true. Washington has not beaten Carolina since George W. Bush was President.
A lot has happened in the world since then.
The Redskins last win over the Panthers came in late November of 2006, with Joe Gibbs on the sideline. Jason Campbell led the Redskins with just 118 yards of passing, Chris Cooley caught a touchdown pass and Ladell Betts ran for more than 100 yards in that game.
Since that 2006 win, the Panthers have beaten the Redskins in five straight contests. Carolina has beaten Washington at FedEx Field, and in Charlotte.
Their last meeting came late in the 2016 season, when the Redskins were fighting for a playoff spot and Carolina had already been eliminated from the playoff hunt. It was also a Monday night game, which generally spells doom for Jay Gruden teams.
The game unfolded ugly, with the Redskins offense unable to get going. Kirk Cousins had a fumble and an interception in the game, while Cam Newton looked outstanding. The Redskins lost that game 26-15.
Washington will again host Carolina this weekend at FedEx Field, with the Skins fresh off an embarrassing Monday night loss in New Orleans. Carolina experienced the opposite, beating the Giants at home on a last second field goal.
The 3-1 Panthers are led by Newton and a tough defense, a combination that has worked quite well for Carolina against Washington.
In four career starts against the Redskins, Newton is 4-0 with more than 1,000 yards passing and nine touchdowns against zero interceptions. He's also run for more than 100 yards rushing, averaging more than 4.4 yards-per-carry and another two TDs on the ground. Those numbers are absurd.
Coming into a crucial matchup for 2-2 Washington, the Redskins will seek to snap Newton's win streak and their own losing streak. It won't be easy.
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