By Troy Jefferson
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The Washington Redskins had a chance to get back on track before the bye playing against a team with only one win.
Unfortunately, Washington lost to Carolina and dropped to 3-6, falling at home 21-13. In a “must win” game the Redskins looked just as pathetic as they did last week in Pittsburgh.
It has been the same old story for the Redskins, as they played undisciplined football and were let down by the secondary and wide receivers.
Washington was able to get off the field on the Panther’s opening drive thanks to a drop.
The Redskins put together a solid 12-play 68-yard drive but settled for a field goal. Washington’s 3-0 lead disappeared fast after Carolina had back-to-back touchdown drives. In between those two Carolina touchdown drives was a Redskins turnover on downs.
Washington may have passed on an easy three to try and compensate for the defensive woes. With 57 seconds left in the first half Steve Smith scored his first touchdown of the season.
Cam Newton came into this game struggling but the Redskins have a way of making any quarterback look elite. Worth noting Washington had 13 penalties for 97 yards which no doubt was a key reason they lost today.
Washington got the ball first in the 3rd quarter and was forced to punt after five plays. Carolina was able to convert 5 of their 11 third downs while the Redskins went 3 for 15.
Kai Forbath, one of the few bright spots these last couple of weeks nailed a field goal to make the score 6-14. After a deep strike to Armanti Edwards early in the fourth quarter Newton ran the ball for a one yard touchdown.
The Panthers had two 90-yard plus scoring drives for the first time in franchise history. Newton finished the game 13/23 for 201 yards adding a rushing and passing touchdown.
Robert Griffin III finished 23/39 for 215 yards and zero touchdowns. Evan Royster scored a meaningless touchdown with 1:28 left in the fourth quarter and Carolina held on for a 21-13 victory.
The Redskins at 3-6 can kiss the playoffs goodbye and fans like myself will have to watch meaningless football for the next seven weeks.
MOVING FORWARD: The Washington Redskins have a bye in Week 10 and then play Philadelphia at home.