Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 14, five days before the Washington Redskins host the Carolina Panthers.
—Today's schedule: Kirk Cousins news conference 4:05
—Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 5; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 10; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 18
Injuries of note:
LB Compton (PCL sprain), LB Cravens (muscle flexor), RB Brown (concussion)
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First look at Redskins vs Panthers
A 10-year skid: The Redskins beat the Panthers the first six times they played but now Carolina has won five of the last six including the last four straight. The last Redskins coach to have a win over the Panthers was Joe Gibbs in Week 12 of the 2004 season.
Tough going: The Panthers have a tough rushing defense. They rank sixth in the league, giving up just 3.7 yards per carry. Other than the train wreck of a game they had against the Seahawks on Sunday night a couple of weeks ago, when they allowed Seattle 240 yards rushing, they have been strong against the run lately. Outside of that Seahawks debacle, since Week 6 only the Saints have over 100 yards on the ground in a game against them. The Redskins are 2-4 when they fail to rush for over 100 yards.
Cam rocks vs. the Redskins: Yes, Cam Newton has played well in his three career games against the Redskins, completing 65 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns, no interceptions, and a passer rating of 122.0. He could have a tough time getting it done on Sunday. Newton has had a passer rating of over 100 once this year and that was in Week 2 against the 49ers. He has completed less than half of his passes in each of the last four weeks. Newton can be dangerous running the ball but he is on pace to rush for 390 yards this year, which would by far be the lowest for his career.
Norman vs. his old team: With the Panthers close to elimination from the playoffs, the only juice this game has in Carolina is Redskins cornerback Josh Norman facing off against his old team. Norman did not want to comment on it after the Eagles game and he might not have much to say this week. While he was stunned by the team’s decision to pull the franchise tag last April he landed on his feet in Washington. There’s no reason for the Panthers or their fans to be upset with Norman. In fact, if you gave Panthers GM Dave Gettleman some truth serum he’s probably admit that he blew it, consider that his team hasn’t found even an adequate replacement for Norman and is 30th in the league in passing yards allowed.
Three and out: The Panthers are among the worst teams in the league when it comes to giving the ball away; they are 27th in the league with 24 turnovers and they have multiple turnovers in eight of their 13 games. On the other side of the coin, they also have taken the ball away 22 times, making them the eighth-best team in that category . . . I wonder if Norman will be matched up against a tight end? That’s not a serious question but tight end Greg Olsen is by far the Panthers’ most productive pass catcher with 65 receptions for 907 yards . . . The Panthers can get to the quarterback; they lead the league with 39 sacks. The sacks are spread around pretty well with DE Mario Addison leading the way with 7.5 and DT Kawann Short second with five.
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Follow up from AM Need to Know: Last time #Redskins had fewer than the 46 snaps they had vs. Eagles was in 1994, also vs. Eagles (44) 1/2— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) December 13, 2016
The last time they had fewer than 46 snaps and won was vs. the Jets in 1972 (44) 2/2— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) December 13, 2016
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