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Redskins

We’re previewing every game of the 2018 season with a look forward and a look back. Up today, the Carolina Panthers. 

Week 6, October 14, FedEx Field

2017 Panthers: 11-5, second in NFC South 

Projected 2018 wins per Westgate SuperBook: 9

Early line: Redskins -1

Key additions: WR Jarius Wright, DL Dontari Poe, OT Jeremiah Sirles, WR D.J. Moore

Key losses:S Kurt Coleman, RB Jonathan Stewart, DT Star Lotulelei

Notable: The sale of the team to hedge fund manager David Tepper is likely to be finalized later this month. Will coach Ron Rivera and GM Marty Hurney feel the pressure of performing for a new owner?

Biggest questions: 

  • The Redskins are 0-4 against the Panthers since Cam Newton arrived in Carolina in 2011. Is that bad luck or a bad matchup?
  • Can 2017 top pick Christian McCaffrey be able to handle a bigger load with Stewart out of the picture? 
  • Will cornerback play improve to the point where the Panthers no longer regret letting Josh Norman go?

Series history

The Redskins lead the all-time series 7-6. Washington won seven of the first eight meetings and the Panthers have won the last five in a row. 

Series notables

The first time: December 24, 1995, RFK Stadium—This season finale was meaningful only to the first-year Panthers—a win would have given them a .500 record, the best ever for an expansion team. The Redskins spoiled Carolina’s chance, however, by driving 93 yards in three plays for a third-quarter touchdown that broke a 10-10 halftime tie. A 32-yard Eddie Murray field goal in the fourth gave Washington the margin to withstand a Kerry Collins touchdown pass in the last minute of play as the Redskins posted a 20-17 win. 

 

The last time: December 19, 2016, FedEx Field—A win would have greatly enhanced the Redskins’ playoff chances but the Panthers, who were 5-8 coming into the game, were not going to cooperate. Newton passed for 300 yards and two touchdowns while Stewart picked up 132 yards on the ground. The home team never had the lead and the Panthers pulled away with 10 third-quarter points to go up 23-9. The Redskins weren’t able to get their ground game going, picking up 29 yards and that’s usually bad news for their offense and they lost 26-15.

The best time: October 3, 1999, FedEx Field—Carolina’s Tim Biakabutuka scored touchdowns on runs of 60, one, and 45 yards before the game was 10 minutes old and the Redskins trailed 21-0. Washington’s Brad Johnson responded to the Panthers’ ground blitzkrieg with a withering air assault. After a one-yard Stephen Davis touchdown run, Johnson threw four touchdown passes over the next 20 minutes of play, two each to Michael Westbrook and Albert Connell and Washington led 35-24 in the third quarter.

The Panthers, to their credit, did not give up. A pair of field goals and a touchdown pulled them back into the lead 36-35 midway through the fourth quarter. Washington had to survive a replay challenge that reversed an apparent Brian Mitchell fumble on a punt return to launch their game-winning drive and Brett Conway’s 31-yard field goal with six seconds left gave the Redskins the 38-36 win.

The worst time: See “The last time” above.

More 2018 Redskins

- 53-man roster: The 2021 offense
- The draft: Grading the Redskins' draft
- D-Hall: A look back at DeAngelo Hall's career
- The buzz: Redskins part ways with long-time executive

Redskins schedule series

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