Panthers Game Day: Washington Redskins - Week 15
Depending on Sunday’s outcomes the Carolina Panthers Week 15 game could have numerous implications…
Two teams in the Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins who are at opposite ends of the playoff spectrum clash on Monday night football this week. Washington is battling for a wild card berth while the Panthers could be eliminated by kickoff.
However, should both Atlanta and Tampa Bay fall on Sunday a Panthers win would keep them mathematically eligible by the slimmest of margins for at least another week.
Hopeful for the return of linebacker Luke Kuechly the defense put on an impressive performance last week in his absence. Forcing five turnovers and sacks Carolina showed how dominant they can be when playing well.
Washington, winners of four straight at one point, has been inconsistent currently sitting as the first team out of the playoffs. The Redskins would benefit from a Tampa Bay victory over Dallas so both Monday night teams will be awaiting the results of that game.
2016 SEASON: CAROLINA PANTHERS (5-8) at WASHINGTON REDSKINS (7-5-1)
KICKOFF: 8:30 PM ET (Monday Night Football)
LOCATION: FedEx Field
WEATHER: 31 degrees, 54% humidity, NE 2mph wind, 0% precipitation
LAST MEETING: 44-16, CAR – Nov. 22, 2015
KEY MATCH-UP: Cam Newton vs. Josh Norman
Unless on a blitz, long quarterback run, or interception return it is unlikely that Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton and former Panther Josh Norman meet one-on-one Monday night. However, that situation did materialize last season during training camp with the two squaring off after a Norman interception of the franchise quarterback.
Norman’s departure to the Redskins came as a surprise last offseason when general manager Dave Gettleman rescinded the franchise tag on the budding superstar. Drafting three replacements in the draft, both James Bradberry and Daryl Worley are enjoying good rookie seasons during their transition to the NFL.
When speaking with the local media this week Norman offered up the following on the impending matchup. “You guys know me better than I think anyone else and you should know how this is going to go down.”
Regardless of if the Panthers are officially eliminated at kickoff Newton and company will remain competitive. Soreness in his throwing shoulder has limited the reigning MVP at practice this week but he is expected to start. Records and playoff considerations aside these two teams should provide an entertaining game in prime time on Monday night.
PREDICTION: PANTHERS- 28, WASHINGTON- 24
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