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Who Has The Edge? Breaking Down Panthers, Redskins Matchups

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

Redskins Pass Offense vs. Panthers Pass Defense: Carolina’s starting defensive line has combined for 16 sacks, including 5.5 from Charles Johnson and five from Greg Hardy, both defensive ends. Washington’s protection is paramount. Edge: Panthers

Redskins Run Offense vs. Panthers Run Defense: The last dual-threat quarterback the Panthers faced was their own in training camp. Otherwise, they’re allowing 114.4 rushing yards a game. Edge: Redskins

Panthers Pass Offense vs. Redskins Pass Defense: Cam Newton continues to find Steve Smith, the crafty veteran, for 16.8 yards per catch. Brandon LaFell, Carolina’s third-leading receiver, will sit because of a concussion. Edge: Panthers

Panthers Run Offense vs. Redskins Run Defense: Newton, Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams are averaging 4.3 yards a carry, though the two running backs have seen a decline in production in recent weeks. Edge: Redskins

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