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How you feeling? Redskins-Panthers

10/22/2011

As you get ready for the game Sunday afternoon against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, here's one reason for Washington Redskins fans to feel good and one reason for concern:

Feeling good: The running game should come back this week. The Panthers are the second-worst team in the league at stopping the run, and the Redskins seem to have all three of their running backs healthy again. Sure, they didn't run as much as many anticipated they would against the Philadelphia Eagles last week, but a lot of that had to do with the Eagles getting out to a quick early lead. Even if the Panthers do that, Carolina turns the ball over enough that the Redskins should have plenty of possessions and plenty of opportunity to work their run game -- assuming they can patch up the injury holes on their offensive line.

Cause for concern: As good as Redskins cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson are, they're not the best man-coverage guys around. Carolina will look to get top wide receiver Steve Smith in one-on-one situations against them, and when they do you can expect Carolina quarterback Cam Newton to find Smith, potentially for a big gain. If the Redskins can't cover Smith one-on-one with Hall or Wilson, they're going to need to make sure and help with a safety, or he could beat them badly.