Carolina Panthers Week 6 preview and prediction at Washington Redskins.
Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera and teammates of veteran linebacker Thomas Davis are all happy he can return this week. Davis has been serving a four game suspension which encompassed five weeks because of an early bye scheduled for Carolina this season.
He returns to a Panthers team subject to some inconsistent play while managing to win three of their four games to this point. Hampered by a loss to divisional rival Atlanta – the Falcons only win, Carolina needs to improve their own play in order to maintain their current winning ways.
Washington sits atop a struggling NFC East division after enduring a roller coaster season through their first four games. Beginning with a win, the Redskins have alternated wins and losses while most recently suffering a thrashing at the hands of Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints last Monday night.
2018 SEASON: CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-1) at WASHINGTON REDSKINS (2-2)
KICKOFF: Sunday, October 14 at 1:00 PM ET
TV: FOX Broadcast Coverage Map
LOCATION: FedEx Field (Landover, MD)
WEATHER: 63 degrees, 67% humidity, 4mph SSW wind, 30% precipitation
LAST MEETING: 26-15, PANTHERS – December 19, 2016 (WEEK 15)
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The Panthers league leading rushing attack will be tested against Washington and their No. 6 ranked run defense. Fortunately, Christian McCaffrey has the skill set to aid the offense either on the ground or through the air and offensive coordinator Norv Turner will be tested to find out how Carolina can move the ball on Sunday.
Up front the Panthers may be without the services of starting center Ryan Kalil after he exited the game last week with an injury. For a Carolina team that has routinely battled injuries across their offensive line this season, replacing another starter feels almost second nature at this point. If Kalil is absent, expect Tyler Larsen to get the start.
Through the air, quarterback Cam Newton will be challenged as the Redskins have former Panthers cornerback Josh Norman leading a talented group in their secondary. Washington has only allowed 87 total points this season and nearly half (43) came in just one game.
On the road expect the Panthers to be challenged by a refocused Washington team hoping to rebound from a disappointing performance last Monday night. Carolina has won five straight against the Redskins, not losing since 2006, and although it will be tough they extend that streak to six this week.
PREDICTION: Carolina Panthers – 27, Washington Redskins – 24