Carolina Panthers vs Washington Redskins

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It’s troublesome to win video games if you happen to can’t cling on to the ball; Carolina discovered that out the laborious approach Sunday.
The Panthers couldn’t climb out of their gap after three first-half turnovers, dropping to Washington 23-17.
For the second week in a row, the Panthers struggled in opposition to a crew they in all probability ought to’ve crushed, however there have been no particular groups heroics to bail them out on the street.
The NFL’s greatest dashing crew hardly regarded prefer it as Washington managed the road of scrimmage and capitalized on Carolina’s errors.

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Three who mattered

Josh Norman: The reunion between the Panthers and Norman drew an anticipated quantity of consideration throughout the days main as much as Sunday’s contest, however the former Carolina cornerback welcomed his outdated crew to his new dwelling with an interception and compelled a fumble within the first half.
Torrey Smith: He didn’t present up on the stat sheet by means of the sport’s first three-and-a-half quarters however caught 4 passes for 34 yards and a landing on the Panthers’ first drive of the fourth quarter, capping the drive with a two-point conversion to carry the Panthers inside 20-17.
Adrian Peterson: The previous MVP turned again the clock Sunday, gashing Carolina’s eighth-ranked dashing protection for 97 yards on 17 carries.

Observations

▪ Regardless of DJ Moore’s two first-half fumbles, Ron Rivera saved the rookie large receiver within the recreation to shut the half. The rookie repaid Rivera’s religion with an 18-yard catch that arrange the Panthers’ first landing of the day.
▪ Rivera earlier within the week mentioned the Panthers would maintain linebacker Thomas Davis on a pitch depend in his first recreation again from a four-game suspension. It didn’t appear like any pitch depend was in impact Sunday; Davis appeared to play the whole recreation and confirmed few indicators of rust, if any.
▪ Washington entered the sport with the league’s sixth-best dashing protection however hadn’t performed a crew ranked higher than 18th in dashing offense. It proved its standing isn't any fluke, holding the Panthers, who averaged a league-best 154 dashing yards per recreation by means of 4 video games, to a season-low 81 yards on the bottom.
▪ Cam Newton threw his first interception in 5 profession video games in opposition to Washington — a crew he beforehand performed a few of his greatest soccer in opposition to. Newton averaged 251 passing yards within the 4 earlier matchups, tossing 9 touchdowns and working for 2 extra.

Price mentioning

▪ Julius Peppers handed Charles Woodson for the seventh-most profession video games performed by a defensive participant in NFL historical past.
▪ Thomas Davis recorded his 1,000th profession deal with, becoming a member of an unique membership of now 25 gamers in NFL historical past to take action.
▪ In his return from a fractured foot, tight finish Greg Olsen caught 4 passes for 48 yards, and practically made a highlight-reel one-handed seize on the Panthers’ ultimate drive of the sport however didn’t get his second foot in bounds.
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