Washington Redskins: Good, Bad, WTF vs the Carolina Panthers
The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde season of the Washington Redskins continued on Sunday. Mr. Hyde showed up as the Redskins defeated the Carolina Panthers 23-17. After jumping out to a 17-0 lead, the rest of the game was touch and go. What happened during the game on Sunday? Here is a look at the Good, Bad, and WTF from the win over Carolina.
Peterson played hurt. He came into the game with a hyperextended knee, a dislocated shoulder, and a sore ankle. However, that did not stop the Future Hall of Fame running back from being productive on the day. Peterson would carry the load on the day. He would get a couple of key first downs on the drive that put the Redskins up six. This has to be the identity for the Washington Redskins going forward. Run AP run! Peterson finished the day with 97 yards on 17 carries.
The run defense of the Washington Redskins was once again on point. They shut down the Carolina Panthers and Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey had 20 yards on 8 carries. Although, the achilles heel of the Redskins is still mobile QBs. Cam Newton led the Panthers rush attack with 43 yards on the ground. Nonetheless, the Redskins run defense prevailed. Holding the Carolina Panthers to 81 yards.
Smith may have had 2 passing TDs on the day but he still seemed to be off in some sort of way. He only completed 21 passes for 163 yards and those two TDs. Right now, his confidence is off. I am not sure if it the o-line, the lack of receivers, or if Smith is pressing. Nevertheless, he is struggling. Maybe if the Washington Redskins focus on the run game, Alex Smith can begin to comfortable.
In five games this season, the Redskins are being outscored 24-3 in the third quarter. This has to change if this team plans on being a contender. The only advantage to them being 3-2 at this point is that they have opened up big leads. If not for these big leads, the Redskins could easily be looking at a 1-4 record through their five games.
This is a good WTF. This is the Hopkins that we have waited to see for the Washington Redskins since they brought him on. He has only missed one FG on the season. That came against the Indianapolis Colts from 49 yards. Not necessarily a chip shot. On Sunday he made a career-long 56-yard FG. This put the Redskins up 20-10 at the time. Thus far in 2018, Hopkins is a reliable scoring option.
The Washington Redskins are alone in first place of the NFC East. They have some winnable games coming up in the next few weeks. It could be a prime opportunity to put some space on the rest of the division.
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