Panthers at Washington: Prediction, best bets and what to expect

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Carolina Panthers at Washington: Prediction

This might not what some Carolina Panthers fans want to hear considering they have a shot at the No. 3 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. But they have a fantastic chance of beating the Washington Football Team this weekend.

Just what sort of implications this would have long-term is not the concern of this current roster, many of whom are working hard to secure contract extensions or put themselves in the shop window for a move elsewhere. Teams like the Panthers are always dangerous at this time of year and if Washington isn’t ready, they will pay the price.

Nobody will know how dangerous some of this Carolina roster can be than Ron Rivera, who worked with plenty of them during his time with the organization. There are plenty of new faces he might not be so clued-up on. But the principles remain the same.

However, it’s hard to look at their quarterback concerns with any real confidence, although their chances would improve dramatically if Alex Smith managed to make his return to the lineup. Their task would be further aided if running back Antonio Gibson proved his fitness in time and Washington’s defensive front can cause some serious problems if the talented unit gets some early momentum.

This is do-or-die for Teddy Bridgewater.

And another poor display might spell the end.

Prediction: Carolina Panthers 21 Washington Football Team 17

How he reacts under this sort of pressure is going to be a key component regarding the eventual result. The writing may be on the wall for Bridgewater even if he finishes the season strongly. But there might be enough in his locker to get over the line in Week 16.