Carolina Panthers Week 13 preview versus the Washington Redskins.
The Carolina Panthers (5-6) face an uncertain future as coach Ron Rivera attempts to potentially save his position over the next few weeks. Undoubtedly on the hot seat, Rivera is also on the verge of suffering back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 2011-2012, his first two with Carolina.
Avoiding consecutive losing seasons may not grant the Panthers a playoff position, but it will help Rivera’s case while hoping for a healthy return of quarterback Cam Newton next year. Regardless of any moves owner David Tepper makes, Carolina undoubtedly needs their franchise quarterback to return in order to compete for an opportunity to knock New Orleans off their current streak of three consecutive divisional titles.
Carolina first accomplished the same feat from 2013-2015 but has since fallen behind both the Falcons and Saints in terms of recent championships. With five games remaining, facing Washington at home may be the Panthers best chance to break a current three game losing streak. Doing so would also provide a bit of momentum as the December schedule begins.
2019 SEASON: CAROLINA PANTHERS (5-6) vs. WASHINGTON REDSKINS (2-9)
KICKOFF: Sunday, December 1 at 1:00 PM ET
TV: CBS (Broadcast Coverage Map)
LOCATION: Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC)
WEATHER: 68 degrees, 66% humidity, 15mph SW wind, 50% precipitation
LAST MEETING: 23-17, REDSKINS – October 14, 2018 (WEEK 6)
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Early turnovers hurt Carolina last season when these two teams met in Washington. A fumbled punt return and reception by D.J. Moore led to a 17-6 deficit for the Panthers at halftime and they could never quite fully recover.
While the turnover battle is always critical, Moore has been surging in recent weeks with three 100-plus yards receiving over the past four games. His lone miss was a 95 yard effort against the Falcons and he finally revisited the end zone twice last week versus New Orleans.
For Carolina to have success, quarterback Kyle Allen needs to have another solid performance and Moore’s play will help. As teams focus on slowing down running back Christian McCaffrey, finding a few other reliable options on offense aids against becoming too predictable.