3 bold predictions for the Carolina Panthers at Washington

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Teddy Bridgewater
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Teddy Bridgewater won’t give Washington any belated-Christmas gifts.

Much like Alex Smith, Teddy Bridgewater is known for protecting the football. However, he lost a fumble in an attempt to score a touchdown at the goal line against Green Bay and the team never recovered.

While Bridgewater’s job security should be fine for the remainder of this season, he still needs to perform well over the next two weeks. Stellar performances in the home stretch of the 2020  campaign may keep him from holding a clipboard as the backup quarterback next season.

Maybe just as important as avoiding turnovers.

Bridgewater can’t afford to take unnecessary sacks. Washington is tied for sixth in the NFL in sacks this season so the offensive line will have to rise to the occasion. But the Panthers signal-caller will also have to overcome his habit of holding the ball too long and trying to make a play that isn’t there.

If this very bold prediction comes true, there’s a great chance Carolina wins the game.

Washington is very short-handed on offense this week so I expect the defense to hold up their end of the bargain. If Bridgewater moves the ball effectively against a ferocious front seven, the Panthers should easily outscore Ron Rivera’s new team.