Every NFL game is physical and chippy, but Sunday's matchup between the Redskins and the Panthers felt like it had a little extra something to it, as multiple skirmishes took place after the whistle and players had to be constantly separated from one another.
One common sight during the contest — aside from Cam Newton throwing touchdowns and Washington's defensive line jumping offsides — was Redskins lineman Trent Williams and Panthers cornerback Josh Norman mixing it up. And after the game, Norman spoke about his and Williams' interactions, saying that he wasn't afraid of the the left tackle at all.
“He better be glad those refs were out there," he said, according to Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer. "I feel like if they wouldn’t (have been there), people would have gone to a dark place. It was good that they were out there to get in between that. I don’t care how big he was, I’d take a shot.”
The Carolina defender didn't stop there, however.
"I don’t care how big you are," Norman continued. "It really doesn’t matter. We lions, we dogs out there. It doesn’t matter if you want to hit me or chip me. I’m not going to sit back there and be lax about it. I’m going to do something about it."
Being a successful defensive back in the league requires a supreme amount of confidence. Norman clearly has that, and rightly so — he's picked off four passes in 2015 and has been one of the NFL's top performers this year. But picking a fight with Williams, who has proven he's not shy when it comes to taking on opposing corners, may not have been the smartest decision.
In the end, though, it was the Panthers who beat up on the Redskins, 44-16. As for Norman and Williams? Well, you can safely say the two players probably won't be thinking of each other this Thanksgiving.