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
- 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.
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.
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.
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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