4 Panthers players who need to step up at Washington

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Teddy Bridgewater – Carolina Panthers QB

Teddy Bridgewater is entering the last chance saloon in his bid to convince people that he is the quarterback to lead the Carolina Panthers. It appears as if the coaching staff is even growing weary of his lack of production in critical moments and if he finishes the campaign on a disappointing note, it will surely come with a contingency plan being formed at the very least during the offseason.

Everybody knew Bridgewater’s limitations coming in.

But that does not make his performances of late any less disappointing.

The former first-round pick is now 0-8 on game-winning or tying drives this season. Imagine what Carolina’s record would like like if he’d managed to go even 4-4 in this situation.

Given the current state of affairs, it would put them in contention for the postseason.

This is all part of the fine margins associated with the NFL. Bridgewater needs to be better and he is going to be tested to his limit this weekend against a Washington defensive front that is loaded with first-round selections and a secondary that is giving up a shade more than 200 yards-per-game through the air on average.