It’s no secret that Cam Newton can play. He’s exceeded most expectations set forth by analysts, but his team has not. The Carolina Panthers are probably one of the more dangerous 1-5 teams you’ll see, but their defense is what continues to let them down and I believe it will be their downfall today. The Redskins offense isn’t the greatest show on natural grass, but versus this Carolina defense- they could be.
Here is a defensive statistical breakdown of the Carolina defense per NFL.com:
- Points allowed (per game): 27.2 T-28th
- Points allowed (total): 163. Compare that to a Redskins defense that has only allowed 83 points against.
- Yards per play allowed: 6.2. Ridiculous. The Panthers average a first down allowed every two defensive plays. The Redskins must take advantage.
- 3rd Down conversion percentage against: 46%. Fourth worst in the NFL.
There are many weaknesses across the Panthers defense and with a presumably healthy Tim Hightower and Ryan Torain, the Redskins should be able to move the ball against this 28th ranked rush defense. There is, however, a cautionary tail to be told. Redskins fans need look no further back than last week to see what defensive statistical rankings mean. The difference between an underperforming team and the awful Panthers?
About seven solid egos on defense, a couple million in payroll and the thirst for victory. The Panthers are trying to find their way with a new quarterback, not trying to win a championship with a “dream team” that has started in a 1-4 hole. The Redskins should have their way against this Carolina D and come out with a convincing victory.