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Week 11 Game Preview: Panthers vs. Washington Football Team

DJ Moore

Game Reset

  • Carolina Panthers (5-5) vs. Washington Football Team (3-6)
  • Bank of America Stadium | Charlotte, N.C.
  • Sunday, Nov. 21 | 1 p.m. ET | FOX
  • Roster | Depth Chart | How to Watch

History: Carolina vs. Washington

  • Carolina is 7-9 all-time against Washington, going 4-3 at home
  • The series has gone in streaks with Washington winning the first six, Carolina winning five of the next six and Washington winning two of the last three
  • Current Streak: Panthers W1
  • Last matchup: Carolina won 20-13 at Washington on 12/27/20

Notable Connections


  • Coaching assistant Terrance Knighton played for Washington in 2015


  • Head coach Ron Rivera was in Carolina from 2011-19, ending his tenure as Carolina's winningest coach
  • Rivera has 15 assistants that spent time in Carolina at some point their careers
  • Eight players on the active roster played for Carolina, including QBs Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen, WR Curtis Samuel, K Joey Slye, CB Corn Elder, LBs Jordan Kunaszyk and David Mayo and C Tyler Larsen
  • Executive VP of Football Marty Hurney and Senior VP of Football Administration Rob Rogers both spent over 20 years in different roles in Carolina, with Hurney most recently working as General Manager
Table inside Article
Category Carolina Washington
Total Yards/Game 320.9 (27th) 345.4 (18th)
Rushing Yards/Game 116.0 (14th) 115.4 (15th)
Net Passing Yards/Game 204.9 (28th) 230.0 (20th)
Sacks Allowed 25 (t-21st) 20 (t-16th)
Third Down Efficiency 36.2 (25th) 38.5 (19th)
Points/Game 20.5 (21st) 20.6 (20th)
Total Yards/Game 280.7 (2nd) 376.4 (27th)
Rushing Yards/Game 107.0 (12th) 97.1 (6th)
Passing Yards/Game 173.7 (1st) 279.3 (30th)
Sacks 27 (t-4th) 19 (t-20th)
Third Down Efficiency 33.1 (4th) 55.2 (32nd)
Takeaways 12 (t-14th) 10 (t-20th)
Points Allowed/Game 19.3 (6th) 27.3 (28th)

Stat Nuggets To Know


  • The Panthers rank second in the league with 280.7 yards allowed per game. The pass defense has been especially stout, allowing just 173.7, currently best in the NFL and third-best of any team over the last 10 years.
  • Carolina has allowed just 16.7 first downs per game, an average that would finish third-best in franchise history.
  • Carolina has not allowed a TD on the opponent's first drive in any game this season. The Panthers' +42 scoring margin in the first quarter is second-best in the NFL.
  • Over the last three weeks, Carolina has six takeaways, tied for second-most in the NFL. Carolina had just three takeaways over the previous five weeks.
  • Carolina has 52 tackles for loss (2nd) and 27 sacks (t-4th) this season. The 72 total tackles behind the line of scrimmage are fifth-most in Panthers history through 10 games since tackles for loss were compiled in 2000.
  • The Panthers' offensive line has allowed just one sack over the last three weeks, the fewest allowed by any team in the last three games. Over that span, Carolina's 294 rushing yards rank third in the NFL.
  • In the first quarter, Carolina has averaged 9:40 in time of possession, good for second in the NFL. On the season, Carolina's average time of possession margin of 4:57 is second in the NFL.
  • Over the last five weeks, the Panthers' special teams EPA (expected points added) of 20.48 is tops in the NFL.


  • Running back Christian McCaffrey has averaged 126.2 scrimmage yards per game this season, second-best in the NFL behind Derrick Henry. According to Next Gen Stats, he led the NFL last week with an average of 1.96 rush yards over expected.
  • Quarterback Cam Newton scored two touchdowns on his first two touches back with Carolina last week. He now has 43 career games with at least one rushing and passing touchdown, most in NFL history. He has accounted for 263 career touchdowns (191 passing, 71 rushing, 1 receiving), fourth-most by any player through 141 career games.
  • Linebacker Haason Reddick now has five games this season with at least 1.5 sacks, tied with Kevin Greene (1999) and Charles Johnson (2012) for the most in one season in franchise history. This season, Reddick leads the NFC with 9.5 and is second in the conference with 11 tackles for loss. Over the last two seasons, he leads the NFL with seven strip sacks.
  • Over the last three weeks, Shaq Thompson is one of two NFL players with at least 25 tackles and at least one sack, TFL, interception, QB hit and pass deflection.
  • With his four tackles at Arizona, Jeremy Chinn passed Lester Towns (171) for third-most tackles in a Panther player's first two seasons (since 2000).
  • Kicker Zane Gonzalez earned his second NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honor after kicking three field goals of 40+ at Arizona, tying the franchise record. Since Week 5, Gonzalez is a perfect 16-of-16 on field goals, including 11-of-11 from 40 yards or longer, best in the NFL.

Milestones in Reach

Christian McCaffrey

  • Needs 45 receiving yards to reach 3,000 for his career. He could become the fastest player to reach 3,000 receiving yards and 3,000 rushing yards if he does it in his 57th career game on Sunday (Alvin Kamara, 66).
  • Needs nine receptions to pass Roger Craig and Alvin Kamara (358) for the most receptions in a player's first five seasons all-time.
  • Needs 16 scrimmage yards to pass Greg Olsen (6,463) for fifth-most in franchise history.
  • Needs six total touchdowns to tie DeAngelo Williams (53) for fifth in franchise history.

Cam Newton

  • Needs 698 rushing yards to pass Michael Vick (6,109) for the most by a quarterback in NFL history
  • Needs five passing or rushing touchdowns to tie Dan Fouts (267) for 20th in the NFL Super Bowl era.

DJ Moore

  • Needs 46 receiving yards to pass Wesley Walls (3,902) for fourth place in Panthers history.
  • Needs 299 receiving yards for his third-straight season with 1,000 receiving yards. Only Steve Smith (2005-08) and Greg Olsen (2014-16) have had three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons in franchise history.

Chuba Hubbard

  • Needs 427 scrimmage yards for 1,000 on the season. He would become just the third Panthers rookie with 1,000 scrimmage yards (Christian McCaffrey, 2017; Kelvin Benjamin, 2014)

Haason Reddick

  • Needs one game with at least 1.5 sacks to BREAK the franchise record of five games with multiple sacks in a single season (Kevin Greene, 1999; Charles Johnson 2012)
  • Needs 0.5 sacks to reach 10 on the season. He would become just the third Panther to record double-digit sacks in his first season on the team (Kevin Greene 1996, Julius Peppers 2002).

Brian Burns

  • Needs 1.5 sacks to pass Lamar Lathon (23.5) and move into ninth place all-time in Panthers history

Donte Jackson

  • Needs two interceptions to tie Richard Marshall/Doug Evans (14) for fifth all-time in franchise history

Carolina is 7-10 against Washington all-time in the regular season.

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