With a 21-13 win over the Washington Redskins, the embattled Carolina Panthers finally got another win. Don’t let that close score fool you, though. The game was a lot more lopsided than eight points would have you believe.
Maybe it was those brown helmets. Maybe it was the throwback uniforms. More likely it was a Carolina defense that kept QB Robert Griffin in check and a non-existent Redskins defense that allowed Panthers’ Cam Newton to open up his passing game (to include an 82-yarder to Armanti Edwards) and DeAngelo Williams to rush for a 30-yard TD. Even “The Fossil” Steve Smith got in on the action with his first TD of the season.
This is the first time in NFL history that back-to-back Heisman Trophy winners have met each other in the QB position. Both threw for over 200 yards, but the Redskins were penalized 13 times for 97 yards. Neither QB threw an interception, but Griffin was sacked four times. In fact, one sack in the fourth quarter by Carolina’s Charles Johnson sent Griffin to have his ribs x-rayed after the game. Those x-rays showed nothing broken, and luckily for Griffin and the Redskins, Washington is on a bye next week. Some chicken noodle soup and TLC should have Griffin as good as new for his next game.
On the other side of the football, at the two-minute warning of the first half, Newton came out of a pile bloodied and holding his hand. He went right back onto the field and avoided a sack by flipping the football to Jonathan Stewart, making something out of what would surely have been a loss of yards.
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Perhaps, most disconcerting to the fans and players, The “Washington Times” reported that Redskins’ coach Mike Shanahan has declared the rest of the season to be an evaluation for the 2013 season. Granted, a 3-6 record is nothing to build on for the remainder of the 2012 season, and even if they win their last 7 games, it might still not be enough to make the postseason. Still, aren’t you supposed to play every game like it’s the Superbowl? Prior to the game, Shanahan called this game a “must-win” for the Redskins.
I guess he was serious.
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