Week 15 MNF Preview
Week 15 Monday Night Football Preview
Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins
8:30PM EST at FedEx Field
30F Mostly cloudy with 5mph winds
Was -7 O/U 50.5
The Washington Redskins (7-5-1) will host the Carolina Panthers in this week’s Monday Night Football game. This will be the 13th meeting between these two teams with the Redskins leading the series 7-5. Last year’s NFC Champion, the Panthers, have been eliminated from the playoffs while the Redskins control their own destiny.
Don’t expect the Panthers to quit
Carolina has been eliminated from the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean they are ready to just roll over and die. In December, the Panthers will have a .792 winning percentage since 2011 and coach Ron Rivera has made it clear that “How you do things at the end really speaks about what you’re going to do moving forward.” LB, Luke Kuechly has passed the NFL’s concussion protocol but his availability is still uncertain. They will need all hands on deck against a high-powered Redskins offense that is ranked second in the league. The Panthers have certainly missed CB, Josh Norman and find themselves starting a pair of rookies at corner. Carolina has won four straight against the Redskins and have held them 20 points for fewer in eight straight meetings.
The Skins are eyeing the playoffs
The Redskins boast one of the NFL’s most explosive offenses. Rob Kelly has brought consistency to the running game, Jordan Reed is another week removed from a shoulder injury, and the receiving corps is healthy and benefiting from good QB play. Kirk Cousins is playing for a potentially huge contract and is one of three quarterbacks to surpass 4,000 yards through week 14. Crowder, Jackson and Garcon all have at least 746 receiving yards each while Reed and Davis have combined for 1,138 yards. Washington has trouble scoring touchdowns in the redone and will need to improve against a tough Panthers defense. The Skins defense however is another story. It’s pretty banged up and has allowed 24 points per game this season. They will need to find a way to improve on the defensive side if they hope to make the playoffs. Washington’s remaining schedule is Panthers (5-8), Bears (3-11) and Giants (10-4). And they need to win all of them in order to beat out the Packers (who hold the tie breaker) and the Bucs for the final wildcard spot behind the Giants.
Cam Newton (QB-CAR)- Questionable (shoulder)
Kelvin Benjamin (WR-CAR)- Questionable (back)
Jordan Reed (TE-WAS)- Questionable (shoulder)
Mack Brown (RB-WAS)- Questionable (concussion)
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