Game 14: Panthers @ Redskins

When: Monday December 19th @ 830 PM
Where: Fed Ex Field
Weather: Low of 24 degrees with 0% chance of rain
Radio: SportsTalk 980
TV: ESPN Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter)
Line: Redskins -6.5 (Over/Under 50.5 points)

The Redskins and Panthers meet for the 13th time, Monday night at Fed Ex Field. Washington leads the series 7-5, but Carolina has won the past four straight. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is 3-0 all time against the Redskins, while Jay Gruden lost his only previous meeting, 44-16 in November 2015. The Skins need to win their final three games for a shot at the post season, but need some help.

CBS has the doubleheader on Sunday. We get Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati @ 1 PM, followed by the national game with New England travelling to Denver @ 4 PM. On Fox, Philadelphia @ Baltimore is our regional game at 1 PM.

Prime Time

Thursday Night- Los Angeles @ Seattle (NBC)
Saturday Night- Miami @ NY Jets (NFLN)
Sunday Night- Tampa Bay @ Dallas (NBC)
Monday Night- Carolina @ Washington (ESPN)

GAME 14 OPPONENT

The Carolina Panthers enter Week 15’s Monday Night Football matchup with a 5-8 record and a fourth place standing in the NFC South. Carolina finished their 2015 campaign with a 15-1 regular season record. This is the Panthers sixth season under Head Coach Ron Rivera.

Quarterback Cam Newton is in his sixth season with the Panthers after being selected by the team with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. This season, Newton has completed 213-of-398 pass attempts (53.5percent ) for 2,774 yards with 15 passing touchdowns.

Running back Jonathan Stewart is the team’s leading rusher, gaining 577 yards on 162 carries with eight rushing touchdowns. Newton ranks second on the team in all rushing categories, adding 76 rushing attempts for 317 yards and five rushing touchdowns.

Tight end Greg Olsen leads the Panthers in receptions (65) and receiving yards (904). After missing the 2015 season because of an injury suffered in the preseason, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin leads the Panthers with five touchdown receptions. Benjamin’s 51 receptions for 765 yards accounts for the team’s second-most receptions through 14 weeks.

Despite missing several games, linebacker Luke Kuechly remains in firm command of the team lead in tackles with 102 (71 solo). Linebacker Thomas Davis as added 84 tackles (57 solo). Defensive end Mario Addison has added a team-high 7.5 sacks, while Davis and safety Kurt Coleman are tied for the team lead with three interceptions each.

Kicker Graham Gano has made 22-of-26 field goal attempts (84.6 percent) this season and punter Andy Lee has averaged 49.1 yards per punt on 36 punts. Ted Ginn Jr. serves as the team’s primary return specialist has returned 22 punts for 131 yards (6.0 avg.) and 18 kickoff returns for 391 yards (21.7 avg.) this season.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

GAME NOTES

PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON has 703 pass yards with 7 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 122 rating in 3 career meetings. Has 22 TDs (18 pass, 4 rush) in past 9 on road…RB JONATHAN STEWART has 4 TDs in past 4 on road. Aims for 3rd in row on Monday night with rush TD…WR TED GINN JR. has TD catch in 3 of past 4. Has 195 rec. yards (97.5 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2 on road. WR DEVIN FUNCHESS had TD catch in Week 14. Since 2013, TE GREG OLSEN leads NFL TEs in receptions (299) & rec. yards (3,835). Has 431 rec. yards (107.8 per game) & 2 TDs in past 4 on Monday night…DT KAWANN SHORT had 2 sacks & FF last week. LB THOMAS DAVIS has 1.5 sacks, FF & 2 INTs in past 3 on road. S KURT COLEMAN had INT last week. Since 2015, has 10 INTs, most by NFC safety…REDSKINS: QB KIRK COUSINS is 3rd in NFL with 4,045 pass yards & 2nd with 334 completions. Has 1,083 pass yards (270.8 per game) with 10 TDs & 2 INTs for 113.7 rating in past 4 at home. RB ROBERT KELLEY ranks 3rd among NFL rookies with 587 rush yards. Has 4 rush TDs in past 4. RB MATT JONES aims for 4th in row at home with rush TD…WR DE SEAN JACKSON had 5 catches for 87 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 22 career 60+ yard TDs, 2nd-most all-time. WR JAMISON CROWDER aims for 4th in row at home with TD catch. Since 2015, TE JORDAN REED ranks 2nd among NFL TEs with 16 TD catches…LB RYAN KERRIGAN has 8 sacks & 2 FFs in past 8 at home. Ranks 2nd in NFC with 11 sacks. CB JOSH NORMAN played for Car. for 4 seasons (2012-15). Since 2015, ties for most FFs among NFL CBs with 5.

INJURY REPORT

Cover Photo Courtesy Redskins.com