Redskins-Panthers preview: Can Washington dance past Cam Newton and Carolina?

With the Redskins coming off their largest margin of victory in a decade, Talib Babb examines if Washington can pull off a victory over undefeated Carolina.

“The Redskins scored how much?”

 

“You sure it wasn’t the Redskins who lost 47-14?”

 

“Did Drew Brees get hurt?”

 

Those were the follow-up questions asked by people who were told by somebody the Redskins blew out the New Orleans Saints. Don’t call those people who asked those questions trolls either.

 

Those were logical follow-up questions because the Redskins winning by that big of a margin is RARE. So RARE the last time it happened was in 2005 when they beat the San Francisco 49ers 52-17.

Kirk Cousins threw for four touchdowns and had a perfect passer rating. The offense racked up a team record 514 yards. Redskins' players caused a defensive coordinator to lose his job and that coordinator wasn’t a member of the Redskins coaching staff, how crazy is that?

 

Things are looking up for the Burgundy and Gold, but they have to get right back to it with the undefeated Carolina Panthers on deck. They can’t go out there half-stepping against the Panthers stingy defense and also possible MVP candidate Cam Newton will be out there two-stepping so they will need to keep up.

 

By the way, what’s wrong with a little dancing after a hard earned touchdown or a good play? If all goes well Sunday, it would be nice to see Chris Baker or Ricky Jean-Francois pop-locking after they get a hold of Newton in the backfield, but forget the dancing, just focus on getting a sack or two.

 

The Redskins defensive line only has 15 sacks on the season, which is ranked 26th in the league. The D-line nicknamed themselves ‘Capital Punishment,’ but with such low production it looks like they have only been handing out probation and community service this season. They will have a decent chance to get to Newton as the Panthers give up about two sacks a game.  

 

The last time these two teams squared off it was the rookie season of Cousins and Robert Griffin III. Washington lost at home 21-13 and only managed to get one touchdown, which came on the ground.

 

One thing remains the same: scoring just one touchdown won't get a win this Sunday either. And unfortunately, touchdowns will be hard to come by against those maniac athletes on the Panthers defense.

 

Here are some stats that probably don’t matter, but could get you out of a parking ticket if you use them in court:

 

-         The Redskins lead the all-time series 7-4

-         Out of the 11 meetings, nine of the games were decided by a touchdown or less

-         The Panthers are fourth in the league in rushing, gaining 139 yards per game

-         Cam Newton has six rushing touchdowns this season, while the Redskins as a team have just five total

-         Kirk Cousins on the road this season: 4 TDs, 7 INTs, 59.8% completion percentage and a passer rating of  66.3, all of those numbers significantly lower than his numbers at FedEx Field

 

Looking around the NFC East for Week 11, one quarterback returns while another will be on the sideline. Sam Bradford is injured which more than likely opens the door for Mr. Butt Fumble a.k.a Mark Sanchez, to go under center when they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

 

The Dallas Cowboys will get Tony Romo back after they were without competent quarterback play for seven weeks and they have been without a win for the same amount of time.  

 

The New York Giants have the week off and that means a win for the Redskins will leave them tied for the division lead, 11 weeks into the season so get excited win-deprived Redskins fans!

 

I don't know what will really happen, but I can tell you that no coaches will be fired following this game, at least for performance based reasons.

 

I don't know what will really happen, but I can tell you that Kirk Cousins won't bust out any type of dance move celebrations.

 

I don't know what will really happen, but I can tell you that open letters to NFL players is so old school, just tweet them mean things like the rest of the world.

 

Just going to go out on a limb and say the Redskins won't win 47-14 on Sunday, but a narrow win isn't farfetched. Optimism is in the air. Inhale it all and be prepared for what could be one of the biggest upsets in franchise history.

Talib Babb is a freelancer for CSNmidatlantic.com, producer for 106.7 The Fan, stand-up comic and Maryland native. You can find him on Twitter @talibbabb.

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