|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFLOn Sunday afternoon, the two previous Heisman Trophy winners meet in the nation's capital as the Carolina Panthers take on the Washington Redskins. Gametime in FedEx Field in Landover, MD, is scheduled for 1:00 PM ET, with regional coverage to be provided by FOX.
The Panthers come into this game off of a close loss on the road to the Chicago Bears, 23-22. Up 19-7 in the fourth quarter, the Panthers gave up two touchdowns, one off of an interception return. The Bears kicked in a last-second field goal to take the victory. Carolina held a 416-210 edge in total yards, including a 297-131 edge in rushing yards. QB Cam Newton threw 20-of-39, for 314 yards, and 0 touchdowns, but 2 interceptions. Over their last four games, the Panthers have lost by 2, 4, 5, and 1 point.
The Redskins also come into this game off of a loss on the road, to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-12. The Steelers held a 25-17 edge in first downs, a 355-255 edge in offensive yards, and a 140-86 edge in rushing yards. QB Robert Griffin III threw 16-of-34, for 177 yards, and 1 touchdown. Over the first 7 games of the season, Griffin had completed 70% of his passes. He completed just 47% against Pittsburgh. The Steelers also shut down Griffin's running game, allowing him just 8 yards rushing.
The underdog is 6-1 ATS in Carolina games by a total of 66 points. The underdog is also 9-3 ATS in Redskins games. The Panthers are 3-4 ATS on the season, and 2-0 ATS as the away underdog. The Skins are 4-4 ATS on the year, and 0-1 ATS as a home favorite.
These two teams have met five times since 2001, with the Panthers leading the series 3-2. Their last meeting, in October 2011, resulted in a 33-20 Panthers victory. In that one, Carolina was a 2 ½ point favorite. In an October 2009 matchup, the Panthers won 20-17, in a game in which they were favored by 4 points.
For this Sunday's game, the Redskins are listed as 3 point home favorites from BetRoyal.com Sportsbook. The over/under is set at 46 ½ points.
We last covered the Panthers in Week 4 against the Falcons on this page. We also covered the Saints-Panthers game in this article from Week 2. We previewed the Skins against the Falcons in Week 5 in this article. Or, you can click here to read our Week 2 preview for Washington.