My apologies for failing to do this for Games 1-8, but we’re back to doing it now. A reminder on how it works:
Our Redskins-loving “staff” makes predictions in the post, readers make predictions in the comments, and the commenter who comes closest to predicting the final score gets to make a guest post. Hip-hip!
Chris Mottram: Redskins, 35-20
I understand the Redskins defense is a complete disaster, but let’s not underestimate how bad the Panthers offense has been this season. They’ve scored more than 25 points twice in eight games; the Skins average more than 25. Sure, the Panthers have weapons, but so far, they’ve had no idea how to use them. Plus, Carolina’s defense is pretty shitty in its own right. This will be Washington’s first blowout of the season.
Matt Terl: Panthers, 31-12
If the reasons I have a bad feeling about this game were a mathematical equation, it’d look something like this: (ominous “must-win” quotes from Redskins coaches and players + the jinx of throwback unis + the homefield disadvantage at FedExField) * (strong-armed mobile QB ^ “RG3 is better than Newton” narrative – our defense) = DOOM. Doomy doom doom doom. That kicker guy is the only Skins player who lands in the Winners category on the postgame wrap-up.
I fear Terl might be right. This is such a classic Skins game to lose; come out flat, Panthers score early, crowd gets restless, etc. Carolina is definitely going to cover the 3.5, but I’m hoping RG3 figures out a way to win the game late. I think Cam and Steve Smith will torch our defense, but the Panthers run D could allow for Alf Morris to have a big day.
Andy Peden: Redskins, 29-24
Early in the game, D. Hall has a pick-six but when he jumps into the stands, no one catches him.
Todd Davis: Redskins, 34-30
I’m with Chris’ thinking though not on the blowout part — Skins D really is that bad. But the Skins haven’t quit on the season despite the falsity of their hope while the Panthers are a quitting, bickering mess we’re more accustomed to pre-RGIII.
Jack Kogod: Redskins, 34-31
The Redskins give up 550 yards, but win it on a late field goal from Cobra Kai.
Me: Redskins, 24-21
John Beck started this game last year. Nothing else matters.
Composite prediction: Redskins, 29-28