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Thanks for checking out my review of the Carolina Panthers 33-20 win over the Washington Redskins. This was the Panthers second win this season and much needed as their fans were getting restless.

Cam Newton played his best game as a pro in my opinion. No he didn’t put up 400 passing yards, he played well and won. Cam Newton completed 18 of 23 passes for 256 yards with one touchdown pass and no turnovers. As a matter of fact the Panthers did not turn the ball over while the Redskins did three times. Those turnovers were why the Panthers won the game despite the large number of penalties the team committed. The Panthers had 13 penalties for 105 yards.

The Panthers continue to improve their running game which takes pressure off of Cam Newton. DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Newton combined for 162 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Despite everyone in Bank of America stadium knowing Steve Smith is the best wideout, he still got open enough to catch seven passes for 143 yards. Shockey caught four passes while LaFell and Naanee combined for seven catches and a touchdown by LaFell.

I had feared Torain but it was former Cardinal Tim Hightower that ran the ball often against the Panthers. Hightower ran for 88 yards before a knee injury took him out of the game.Washington also lost Santana Moss early to a broken hand. I thought John Beck played well despite a good bit of pressure by the Panthers.

James Anderson played like his mother had been insulted by the Redskins!Anderson had 10 solo tackles, two assists and one sack. Applewhite is a great find for the Panthers and had three tackles, two assists and one sack. Middle linebacker Conner had a nice game as well with eight tackles and two assists.

The Panthers won the rushing battle with 175 yards compared to only 92 by the Redskins. Even in today’s pass happy NFL this is a good thing with rookie quarterback Cam Newton at the helm.

The win over a decent Redskins team leaves the Panthers knowing they can beat teams. The problem is that Carolina plays down to their competition sometimes and future games against “weak” teams could be a trap game for them.  Feel free to subscribe to this blog for my reviews and previews of every Carolina Panthers game this season.