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NFL Week 6 Game Preview: Panthers (3-1) at Redskins (2-2)

Carolina used a record-setting, last-second victory over the New York Giants to keep the pressure on the division-leading Saints. They hope Graham Gano’s 63-yard field goal also serves as a kick-off to a powerful playoff run.

Washington served as the Monday night fodder for Drew Brees’ celebration in New Orleans this week. The Redskins were never in the game as Brees could not be stopped and the Saints’ defense finally looked like the unit we expected heading into 2018.

Head coach Jay Gruden admitted after the game he considered making a quarterback switch, but Alex Smith didn’t have much to work with. His receivers have done little all season, and when Vernon Reed, Adrian Peterson, and Chris Thompson all left injured, there weren’t many other options.

Carolina’s Cam Newton and Chris McCaffrey were mostly contained by the Giants’ defense, but when Saquon Barkley gave the Giants their first lead with just over a minute left on the clock, fans had a feeling something special would happen.

Sure enough, Newton hit a couple of quick passes to move the Panthers downfield. A controversial first-down call gave him the chance to spike the ball and set up Gano’s heroics.

Injuries and roster moves

Washington’s training staff is very busy in Week 6. Adrian Peterson said he dislocated his shoulder during the game. The injury was diagnosed as a sprain and Peterson says he’ll play through it but wants a second opinion.

Chris Thompson suffered a rib injury that will limit his practice time. Wide receivers Josh Doctson (heel), Paul Richardson (knee), and tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring) are all listed as questionable, with their playing status undetermined.

Carolina could see Greg Olsen on the field for Week 6, especially if it is up to the tight end. His status is questionable at this point.

Coaching matchup

Ron Rivera hated the way his team’s season ended in 2017. Coming into 2018, Rivera had his whole team talking about their “inevitable” Super Bowl appearance in Atlanta and says nothing less will be satisfactory. That might be true for the Panthers’ brass, too.

Jay Gruden was handed Alex Smith, Paul Richardson, Adrian Peterson, and much higher expectations from team management than any professional football pundit has for the Redskins’ 2018 playoff hopes.

His up and down season better have more ups soon or he may find himself asking his brother for a  job in 2019.

How to watch the Redskins-Panthers game

Much of the south and east of the country can watch the Redskins-Panthers game on their local Fox affiliate. But many savvy NFL fans who ended their expensive cable and satellite television contracts will watch the live stream NFL game on DirecTV Now.

DirecTV Now will send the original Fox Sports broadcast directly to your favorite Internet-connected device, whether it’s in your hand, on your lap, or on a stand.

Internet television providers like DirecTV Now, Fubo TV and Sling TV let you watch live stream NFL action all season without costly equipment or contracts. In fact, you can take advantage of their trial offers and watch the Panthers play the Redskins for free!

Check out their websites to see what else they offer in your neighborhood.

Who will win the Redskins-Panthers game?

Washington came out their bye week and looked defenseless against the New Orleans Saints. But earlier in the year, the Redskins followed an ugly loss to the Colts with an upset victory in Green Bay. So fans won’t give up hope.

Carolina’s win in New York was the type that can spark a run. At least that’s what Panthers fans are hoping for. Whether it’s a run or just a beat-up opponent playing under-manned, Carolina pulls this one out easily.

Final score: Panthers 27, Redskins 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

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