Carolina will come into Landover to face the 3-5 Redskins this Sunday. The Skins have the greatly hyped athletic rookie QB Robert Griffin III. He has taken the league by storm, racking up stats, but the wins haven’t come easily. Sort of reminds me of Cam Newton who had a very similar situation. Unfortunately, Cam and the Panthers have taken a big step back since last year. Just like Newton, RGIII has been brought down by his teammates around him. Just last week, his receivers had about 5 or 6 drops, bringing down the entire offense. That kills drives, and really hurt their chance of beating a tough Steelers team. With Pierre Garcon injured, the rest of the receivers have yet to step up in his place.
The one teammate that is playing well, in fact probably better than Griffin, is rookie Alfred Morris. The rookie RB has been sensational this year. Washington has the second best rushing offense this year and Morris has been a huge part of that. He has already racked up over 700 yards on the ground. RGIII has been extremely productive on the ground as well with nearly 500 rushing yards himself and 6 scores. With the receiving core struggling, the rushing attack is the larger threat against Carolina.
The way to score against the Skins has been through the air. The worst secondary in the year statistically is owned by Washington as teams have shredded them through the air. Cam has shown that he can perform well against some weak defenses, so this is a prime opportunity for the young QB. He may have to do so without his second WR, as Brandon LaFell was diagnosed with a concussion. It seems unlikely that he would be ready for Sundays game, as players are almost always held out for a game after a concussion. With the trade deadline looming also, the Panthers offense could look very depleted against the Redskins. I’ll have more on how they could look after the trade deadline passes tomorrow afternoon.