That gust of wind you felt if you were driving on I-77 through Charlotte, North Carolina around 4:15 Sunday afternoon was a collective sigh of relief emanating from Carolina Panthers fans streaming out of Bank of America Stadium, giddy from their team’s 33-20 victory over the visiting Washington Redskins.
The Carolina Panthers finally put all the pieces together and earned their second win of the season in impressive fashion to improve to 2-5.
Carolina won the turnover battle, they played great on special teams, and Cam Newton had his most efficient and impressive performance yet. Not to mention the Panthers defense which protected a lead almost the entire game for the first time all season.
The following slides will examine five key factors that contributed to the Panthers win over the Redskins on Sunday.