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Washington Redskins vs. Carolina Panthers then and now

Washington Redskins vs. Carolina Panthers then and now

Here is a look ahead at Redskins vs. Panthers as well as a look back.

Week 4, Sunday, FedEx Field

2018 Panthers: 3-1, 2nd in NFC South 

2018 statistical leaders:

Passing: Cam Newton, 883 yards
Rushing: Christian McCaffrey, 329 yards
Receiving: Devin Funchess, 238 yards

Deciding factors

  • Can the Redskins get a takeaway from Newton? In four career games against the Redskins, he has 117 pass attempts and he hasn’t thrown an interception. That might help them break their 0-4 skid against Newton and their five-game losing streak to the Panthers no matter who played quarterback. 
  • All of those losses to Newton and the Panthers have been by double digits. It’s not a good matchup for the Redskins due to Carolina’s physical style of play on both sides of the ball. The Redskins, led by their revamped defensive line, will need to fight the Panthers' physical nature by being more physical.

Key Matchup

Redskins guard Brandon Scherff has been playing inconsistently this season. He will need to get things right against defensive tackle Kawann Short, who has averaged eight sacks a season the last three year. 

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 Kerrie 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. Cam Newton passed for 300 yards and two touchdowns while Jonathan 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. Running back Alfred Morris, who rolled for 96 yards on 28 carries with two touchdowns. It all added up to a 40-32 Redskins win. 

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


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From impossible to inevitable, Redskins name change seems imminent

From impossible to inevitable, Redskins name change seems imminent

A typhoon of momentum washed over the Washington football organization in the last week and all of a sudden one thing seems quite clear: The Redskins will never play another game.

There will still be football played at FedEx Field and that team seems very likely to still wear burgundy and gold, but after a series of public comments and private conversations with sources in and around the NFL, a Redskins name change is imminent.

Over and over and from different people, one phrase got repeated when asked if the Redskins were actually going to change the team name: "It's done."

The exact timeline remains murky, and there are difficult logistic, marketing and financial questions looming, but too much happened too fast for any other outcome than a name change.

Speaking with numerous sources one misconception emerged however.

While the Redskins publicly announced that the team is conducting a “thorough review” of the team name on July 3, multiple sources explained that internal conversations about changing the name have been going on for some time.

In fact, one source explained that after the murder of George Floyd in May and the massive public protests and demands for social justice that followed, the conversations about changing the Redskins moniker heated up the first week of June.

It’s unclear what the new name will be.


Redtails and Warriors seem to have the most momentum, but that doesn’t mean either will be the new name. The organization wants to consult with a wide variety of people and resources before finalizing a selection.

The team is proud of its history, understandably, and does not want to abandon all of the team’s success and tradition. What exactly that means will be revealed, likely in the next month or so.


Let’s be clear - public pressure from FedEx, Nike and Pepsi hastened the call for change.

When FedEx publicly requested on July 2 that Washington change its team name from Redskins, this process got sent into overdrive. The team announced its plan for an internal review of the name the next morning. But conversations, some extensive, had already begun inside the organization prior to FedEx’s announcement.

What once seemed unthinkable now seems inevitable - the Washington Redskins won’t take the field again. 

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Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Asante Samuel got hit Fourth of July fireworks started early Saturday morning with a negative tweet about NFL Hall-of-Famer Darrell Green.

The former Pro Bowler with the Patriots and the Eagles had a fine 11-year NFL career. He is a Super Bowl champion himself. But his out-of-nowhere tweets about Green, one of the NFL’s all-time great corners, were just…weird. 

Green was a dominant player on two Super Bowl champions, a seven-time Pro Bowler and an All-Pro in 1991. He was one of the fastest players in the league, a fearsome punt returner when necessary in playoff games and an all-around great player. Even other players from Samuel’s era were confused, including former Redskins safety Will Blackmon.

That's a pretty accurate description of the differences between Samuel's era and the way the game was played when Green was at his peak. Maybe he stuck around too long and maybe he wasn't close to the player he'd once been by the late 90s and early 2000s.


But peak Darrell Green was an unquestioned Hall-of-Fame player. Teams didn't throw at him for a reason. When they did, they paid for it. Samuel got a little aggressive for a guy who might have cost the Pats an extra Super Bowl. 


Tony Dungy, himself a great player and a Super Bowl champion as a player AND a coach, clapped back at Samuel for his ignorance of NFL history. 

That about says it all. 

For his part, Samuel doubled down responding to some tweets but by the afternoon he was starting to see the light. Sort of. 


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