The (7-6-1) Washington Redskins’ hopes for playoffs take a tough hit are to falling to the Carolina Panthers (6-8) 26-15 on Monday Night Football.
The Redskins were gifted with a a chance to secure the final NFC playoff spot after Tampa Bay’s loss to Dallas Sunday night, but couldn’t take advantage of it. The number 3 ranked offense in the league couldn’t put anything together on offense as their quarter back struggled heavily. Kirk Cousins threw for 316 yards on 32 of 47 passing and a ill-advised interception. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson had a good game however, going for 114 yards and leading the Redskins in receptions with 7. Washington wasn’t able to put any running game together on the night, rushing for a pathetic 29 yards while on the other end, Carolina’s running back Jonathan Stewart had a huge night rushing for 132 yards on 25 carries. Redskin’s tight end Jordan Reed; who was playing through a shoulder injury, was ejected late in the 3rd quarter after throwing a punch at Panther’s defenseman Kurt Coleman. Reed’s frustration with his team’s and his own play was pretty evident as he was held to 1 reception for 6 yards up to that point.
Cam Newton’s shoulder injury seemed to be feeling a lot better as he posted pretty good numbers going 21 of 37 passing with 300 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tight end Greg Olsen had a great game as well coming away with 6 receptions for 85 yards but it was Ted Ginn Jr. and Mike Tolbert who caught the touchdown passes.
Washington blew a huge opportunity to make the playoffs for a second consecutive season tonight in a loss to a Carolina team who’s playoff hopes went out the window weeks ago. Overall Carolina came into the Redskins’ house and took care of business under the lights coming away with a win that statistically doesn’t mean anything for them, but must feel pretty good.