Redskins trail Panthers 9-6 in a hapless display through one half


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It appears to be an extension of the Eagles game last Sunday. John Beck isn’t doing much and the Redskins defense is having to pick up all of the slack. If not for the penalties agains the Carolina Panthers, the Redskins could be in a much deeper hole. The Redskins aren’t helping their cause with two fumbles early and one of them being on their side of the field with Gaffney coughing it up, leading to a Carolina fieldgoal to make it 9-6.

The one bright spot for Washington is Tim Hightower. 25 has stepped in and done a good job coming off of a game last week where he didn’t see a single carry. Hightower has fifteen carries for 75 yards and a long of 17. He’s moving the ball well and it’s nice to see OC Kyle Shanahan calling a few running plays.

The Redskins have to pick it up on offense to stay in this game, which was made more difficult when receiver Santana Moss suffered a hand injury. His left hand was wrapped up like a club on the sideline and his return is questionable.