Panthers vs. Redskins: Spread Info, Line and Predictions

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2012

Two of the NFL's most exciting young quarterbacks will compete in Week 9 as the Carolina Panthers take on the Washington Redskins.

Last season, Cam Newton won the Rookie of the Year Award after taking the league by storm with both his arm and legs. This year, Robert Griffin III is doing the same thing and is the likely favorite for this year's award.

Unfortunately, neither has had too much success in the win column this year. The Panthers have lost five straight and are 1-6 on the season, while the Redskins fell to 3-5 with a loss last week.

Regardless of who wins, this should be a very exciting battle between two quarterbacks who do it all for their teams.


Where: FedEx Field, Landover, MD

When: November 4 at 1 p.m. ET


Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket

Listen: Redskins Radio Affiliates, Panthers Radio Affiliates


Spread: Redskins (-3) via Vegas Insider

Washington's last three losses have been against the Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers. Not only are all of these teams very talented, but they are also full of veteran players that know how to stop a rookie quarterback.

Carolina does not offer the same type of threat, and the Redskins should be more successful offensively. 


Over/Under: 47 via Vegas Insider

The Redskins have not held an opponent to under 20 points all season. Carolina should be able to get plenty of yards during the game and turn that into a good amount of points. 

Carolina's defense has played well, but it is prone to lapses at times. Between these two teams, there is a very good chance the final score equals more than 47 points. 


Injury Report (via ESPN)


DT Dwan Edwards (Ankle) Questionable

WR Brandon LaFell (Concussion) Questionable

LB Thomas Davis (Rest) Probable



WR Pierre Garcon (Foot) Out

S Brandon Meriweather (Knee) Questionable

LB London Fletcher (Knee) Probable


Fantasy Big Plays

Panthers: Steve Smith

Cam Newton should have a big game against the worst pass defense in the NFL, but interceptions can slow down a good fantasy day. He has thrown eight picks this season, while the Redskins' defense is tied for third in the NFL with 10 interceptions.

Newton has realized that getting the ball to Smith is his best chance for success. The receiver has 38 targets in his last three games and should be able to get into the end zone against this struggling secondary.


Redskins: Alfred Morris

Few running backs have been as consistent this season as the rookie Alfred Morris. He is not only third in the NFL in both rushing yards and touchdowns, but he has also only been held to single-digit fantasy points twice all year.

He should get the ball all game long against the Panthers. While he will not do anything spectacular, he will pick up small chunks of yards each time and turn it into a successful day at the office.


Panthers Key to Victory: Avoid Turnovers

Newton had one of his best games of the season last week against the Chicago Bears. He threw for 314 yards, ran for another 37 and had one of the best teams in the NFL on the ropes at home.

Unfortunately, two interceptions cost his team the win, especially when one of them was returned for a touchdown by Tim Jennings. 

Everyone on the team needs to be careful with the football, and the quarterback needs to make better decisions to end this losing streak.


Redskins Key to Victory: Completing Passes

Against the Steelers, Griffin completed less than half of his passes for the first time in his young career. 

The biggest problem in that game was drops, as no one on the team seemed to be a consistent option for the quarterback.

Washington has only won games in which Griffin completed over 73 percent of his passes. While it would be ridiculous to expect this type of performance every time out, he needs to throw good balls and his receivers need to catch them.

Sometimes, football can be broken down into a simple game of catch.


Prediction: Redskins 31, Panthers 24

The Redskins are simply playing better football than the Panthers at this point of the season. Until Cam Newton proves that he can be a leader of this team, Carolina will continue to struggle.



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