Washington Redskins @ Carolina Panthers Matchup Preview 12/1/19: Analysis, Daily Fantasy

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The Redskins are heading to Carolina to take on the Panthers this Sunday. The Redskins had their second taste of victory the season last week after Dwayne Haskins got them in range for a field goal in the last minute of the game. Despite getting his first win as an NFL starter, Haskins didn’t have the greatest game. He went 13 of 29 for 156 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception. The Carolina pass rush has been intense this season, and Haskins is going to have to deal with their attack if he’s to start up a winning streak. The Panthers are looking to right themselves after a 3-game losing streak. If they’re to keep any hope of a playoff run alive, they’re going to have to win this game, and it’s looking like they’ll be able to do it against the Redskins. I’m favoring the Panthers over the Redskins in this matchup due to the strength of their offense this season. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Washington Redskins vs Carolina Panthers matchup page.

TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM PST
Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Coverage: CBS

Injury Report:

Redskins: Montae Nicholson (Q) Deshazor Everett (Q), Brandon Scherff (Q)< Ryan Anderson (Q), Adrian Peterson (Q), Chris Thompson (Q), Daron Payne (Q), Paul Richardson (Q), Ryan Kerrigan (Q),
Panthers: Taylor (Q), Shaq Green-Thompson (Q), Curtis Samuel (Q), D.J. Moore (Q)< Eric Reid (Q), Greg Van Roten (O), Dontari Poe (O), Jordan Scarlett (Q), Mose Frazier (Q), Greg Little (Q), Gerald McCoy (Q),

Washington Redskins Analysis

Washington RedskinsThe Redskins got their second win of the season last week after a field goal in the last minute of the game. Despite a 19-16 victory, the Redskins only had 242 yards of total offense. Scoring points has been tough for them this season, as they only score an average 13.1 per game, the lowest in the league. The main reason for their 2-9 record has been an underpowered offense, and it’s going to be a struggle to get their offense going under threat of Carolina’s pass rush. Carolina has the 2nd most sacks on the year, which is a tough number for rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins to face. Terry McLaurin has probably been their biggest weapon on offense this season. He had 5 receptions for 72 yards on Sunday. He would have had more, as he was targeted 12 times, but Haskins missed him a couple of times. The Panthers have been easier to run against than throw against this season, so we might see more out of the Redskins running game. Peterson is questionable for Sunday’s game, but Guice is a very talented back and has the potential for a big game against the Panthers if he’s fed.

The Redskins defense showed promise against the Lions, especially in their pass rush. They sacked Driskel 6 times on Sunday. If they can get to Allen the same amount, it’ll help to prevent the game from getting away from them. They have a tough matchup against Christian McCaffrey, especially when you consider they allow the 10th receiving yards to opposing running backs across all teams this season. I think they’re going to have a tough time containing McCaffrey, and with how explosive he’s been this season I think he’s going to take the Panthers to the win. However, the Redskins have a chance to stay in it if their pass rush shows up like they did on Sunday.

Washington Redskins Depth Chart

QB: Dwayne Haskins
RB1: Adrian Peterson
RB2: Derrius Guice
WR1: Terry McLaurin
WR2: Paul Richardson
WR3: Trey Quinn
TE: Jeremy Sprinkle

Carolina Panthers Analysis

Carolina PanthersThe Panthers are coming off of a tough 3-loss streak and are going to be looking to right themselves against the Redskins. They’ve been a pretty powerful offense all year, especially with Christian McCaffrey leading their way. He leads the league in total rushing yards and average rushing yards per game with 1,123 and 102.1 respectively. He’s also tied with D.J. Moore for the 6th most receptions on the season. He’s been a crazy productive Swiss army knife of a player for them, and I’m sure they’re excited to show him off against a Redskins team that allows the 5th most rushing yards per game. The Redskins are better against the pass, allowing an average 231.4 yards per game, but I don’t think this will be a problem for the Panthers passing offense, which has been doing well despite losing their starting quarterback. I’m expecting a lot of points from the Carolina offense on Sunday, especially because this game has pretty heavy playoff implications. Despite a strong start to the season the Panthers are now 5-6 after their 3-game losing streak, and if they’re looking to secure a spot in the playoffs a win on Sunday is going to be really important.

The Panthers defense is ranked in the top half of the league for fewest yards allowed, but they’re bottom 10 when it comes to rushing yards, allowing an average 127.5 per game. Lucky for them, the Redskins haven’t been the most productive rushing offense. Adrian Peterson is questionable but their backup is the talented Derrius Guice, so the Panthers are going to need to be careful about shutting down the Redskins running offense. I think they’ll be able to pull this off and secure the win against the Redskins on Sunday, as long as they’re careful about not letting the Redskins be productive running the football.

Carolina Panthers Depth Chart

QB: Kyle Allen
RB1: Christian McCaffrey
RB2: Reggie Bonnafon
WR1: D.J. Moore
WR2: Curtis Samuel
WR3: Jarius Wright
TE: Greg Olsen

Daily Fantasy

Derrius Guice might be a good pickup for Sunday’s game. He’s owned in around 52% of leagues (ESPN) so there’s a relatively high chance he’s available in yours. The Redskins haven’t been a super productive team running the ball so far this season, but Guice is a talented back. With Peterson questionable, I think he’ll be seeing more carries whether or not Peterson ends up playing on Sunday. The Panthers allow an average 127.5 rushing yards per game, the 6th most in the league, so Sunday might be the chance Guice needs to break out. Other than that, I think Carolina’s offense is going to have a big game, so if you have any Carolina players who see the ball on a consistent basis, and you’ve been keeping on your bench, this might be a good game to start those players. I think Carolina’s going to come into this game swinging in order to keep their playoff hopes alive, so I’m expecting a great show on Sunday.

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