By: Jakob Vaughan
Following up on my article last week, the Washington Redskins did exactly what I asked of them, they changed their game plan and executed by playing 4 full quarters. We all learned a lot from the Redskins on a short week at home against a hot Panthers team. After last week’s second half benching of cornerback Josh Norman, he came out this week against his former team and answered in a critical way by racking up tackles, forcing a fumble and picking off Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. The Redskins didn’t allow the Panthers to convert on a 4th down that decided the game and sent Redskins fans home happy as they won 23 to 17. This was a win that the Redskins desperately needed to stay ahead of the other NFC East teams.
Their defense continued to show out as they forced three turnovers in the first half alone, which was the first time they did that since 2015. That now has led to the Redskins forcing a turnover in nine consecutive weeks dating back to last season. Veteran players continue to standout for the Redskins with tight end Vernon Davis finding the end zone and catching passes that quarterback Alex Smith counted on him to make. Adrian Peterson carried the ball 17 times and totaled 97 rushing yards. The team is 3 and 0 when Peterson rushes for over 90 yards. Adrian Peterson suffered multiple injuries last week against the Saints, but a separated shoulder, hurt ankle and knee didn’t slow him down against the Panthers.
The Washington Redskins are now 3 and 2 this season, since they were able to snap a six game losing streak to the Carolina Panthers. This is the third consecutive season that the Redskins have started with a record of 3 and 2. The winning formula that head coach Jay Gruden put together against the Panthers needs to now stay, as they game plan for the Dallas Cowboys in week 7. All three phases of the Washington Redskins came to play against the Panthers and I’d expect the offense, defense and special teams to continue to play with confidence and ride this high from their home victory.