Carolina Panthers vs. Washington Redskins: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
The Panthers took care of Washington in impressive fashion. Cam Newton had a spectacular day, accounting for over 300 yards of total offense and two touchdowns.
The Panthers' run game was a determining factor as well. The Panthers totaled 176 yards and two touchdowns rushing. It appears that keeping Stewart and Williams involved will be the key to future success this season.
John Beck played admirably for Washington. His only interception was the result of a mis-communication with rookie receiver Leonard Hankerson. Otherwise, he was efficient and gave the Redskins a chance to win.
Poor defense was the story for the 'Skins, as a porous secondary allowed Steve Smith to reel in 143 yards and multiple big plays to Jonathan Stewart, Brandon LaFell, and the aforementioned Smith.
That wraps up our coverage for this week. Check back next time when the Panthers take on the Vikings.
FINAL SCORE: CAROLINA - 33, WASHINGTON - 20
Carolina takes over on downs and that will wrap this one up.
A conservative run will mean another field goal for Olindo Mare.
If I'm Carolina, I attack right now. Allow Cam Newton to finish the game right now.
Chris Gamble picks off John Beck and the Panthers are in position to score and put this game out of reach.
Charles Johnson gets a good jumpy and is held by Sean Locklear to push Washington back to their own 14.
He follows it up with an offsides penalty.
Carolina continues to play prevent defense. The Redskins are battling the clock, but are being given a lot of room by the Panthers' secondary.
Carolina will try to back the Redskins back in their own territory with a punt from midfield.
It looks like Carolina just wants to run out the clock here. With the way that Newton has fared against this defense, I don't necessarily agree with that strategy.
The Redskins attempt the onside kick, but Legedu Naanee grabs it.
Fred Davis catches the touchdown pass and pending a review, the Redskins will have cut the lead to 10.
Carolina is playing a prevent defense right now, which is hard to watch. It's what John Fox was known for so Panthers fans must hope it doesn't become a habit for Rivera.
Note: There are open receivers all over the field for Beck.
A poor blitz by Charles Godfrey leaves Jabar Gaffney open for a first down.
Greg Hardy disrupts another bootleg. If the Redskins do go back to the boot, they should roll right because Hardy has not bitten all day.
Newton's passer rating now stands at 127.5 compared to Beck's 84.2.
A quick pass to Brandon LaFell puts Carolina up by 16, soon to be 17.
Jonathan Stewart nearly fumbles the ball away on the 2nd down attempt from a few inches back of the goal line.
A beautiful pitch and catch from Newton to Smith has the Panthers knocking on the goal line. That was as perfect of a throw as I've seen from Cam.
Newton got up slow and half of the Carolina fan base held their breath for a moment there.
Shockey makes another catch and I'm wondering where Greg Olsen is. He's been Newton's top target behind Steve Smith all season, but Shockey appears to have overtaken his starting role. Olsen has done a great job of blocking though so I don't think that could be the reason behind his decrease in playing time.
Steve Smith gets to spin the ball again after an 18 yard reception. He's now over 100 yards and continues to defy doubters across the league who labeled him as old and worthy of a third round pick at best during the offseason.
Byron Bell holds Adam Carriker and you have to wonder if Ron Rivera has lost some confidence in the rookie tackle that he has praised all season.
A rare punt from the Redskins sets the Panthers up at their own 35.
Fred Davis simply drops a solid pass from John Beck on a bootleg. If I'm Washington, I keep going back to the bootleg. Beck has the athleticism to make it work and Fred Davis has the speed to get behind the Panthers' linebackers.
The Panthers just pissed off thousands of fantasy owners across the country; Jonathan Stewart carries it into the end zone to cap off the long drive.
2nd down and goal at the two yard line. Look for Cam Newton to try to leap over London Fletcher to get into the end zone.
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