The Redskins needed a win in the worst way in Week 6 against the Carolina Panthers.
After a dreadful performance in primetime last week, Washington entered FedEx Field looking for a bounceback performance and a win to push them to 3-2.
With Jamison Crowder and Chris Thompson inactive against the Panthers, the Redskins will need everyone to step up. That's what happened, as the offense, defense and special teams stepped up and held on en route to a 23-17 win, putting the Redskins in first place in the NFC East.
Here is what Rich Tandler saw on Sunday.
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Redskins vs. Panthers: Good, Bad, & Ugly
GOOD: The Redskins got a good break after they went three and out on their first possession. Sean Dion Hamilton and Zach Vigil forced a fumble and Jeremy Sprinkle recovered at the Panthers 22. On the next play,
BAD: The Washington rushing defense needed some time to dig in. Christian McCaffrey bolted for runs of nine and eight yards on his first two carries and Cam Newton gained four on his first carry.
UGLY: Cam Newton’s passing early in the first quarter. He held on to the ball for too long and his pass attempts didn’t give his receivers a chance. He was heating up as the first quarter ended.
GOOD: Apparently Josh Norman had to hit rock bottom to rebound. In the second quarter, he got his first interception in 19 games.
Later on, he punched the ball out of D.J. Moore’s arm and Mason Foster made the recovery. The second one led to a Redskins field goal to give the home team a 17-0 lead.
BAD: The Redskins defense after they scored on the field goal. Cam Newton was finding wide open receivers wherever he wanted to go. He also took off up the middle for a 13-yard run. The Panthers kept on going until they got into the end zone on a 22-yard pass from Newton to Devin Funchess.
UGLY:: Newton’s pass that Norman intercepted. It was an ugly, dead duck from the moment it left his hand.
GOOD: Not much for the home team, other than the fact that they held on to their lead at 17-9 at the end of the third quarter.
BAD: The Redskins didn’t do much defensively to bail out their coach after he went for it on fourth down and failed. They gave Newton wide-open targets and the let Newton gallop for big chunks of yards a couple of times. They did manage to hold Carolina to a field goal to make it an eight-point game with time running down in the third quarter.
UGLY: The Redskins had a nice drive going with their first possession of the quarter but Alex Smith misfired on passes on third and fourth down and the ball was turned over on downs at the Carolina 38.
GOOD: A nice Redskins drive died at the Carolina 38 early in the quarter. Dustin Hopkins came in and boomed a career-long 56-yard field goal. That gave the Redskins a little bit of breathing room at 20-9.
BAD: The defense again couldn’t stop Newton. The Panthers had mostly abandoned the run except for Newton scrambles. After Hopkins’ field goal Newton was able to pick his targets at his leisure. When he was rushed, he scrambled.
It was an effortless drive and Newton went to Torrey Smith for both the touchdown and the two-point conversion that made it 20-17.
UGLY: The Washington defense on the Panthers’ final drive. They couldn’t get much pressure on Newton and receivers had time to get plenty of separation. The moved easily from their own 15 to midfield.
A few more plays moved it down to the Washington 24. It didn’t end ugly, though, as Cam Newton’s four-down pass fell incomplete and the Redskins held on.
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