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Instant Game Reaction: WFT Beats CAR 27 – 21

For more details on this and other similar topics, check out the podcast here: The Washington Football Team pulled out a tough road victory today against the Carolina Panthers. The resurgence of Cam Newton in Carolina was on full display as he guided his team to an opening drive TD and an early 7-0 lead. The Football Team behind Taylor Heinicke and a more confident run game kept their poise and answered the first two Panthers scores with touchdowns of their own. After tying the game at 14-14 in the middle of the second quarter Washington would take the lead on a short pass from Tyler Heinicke to Deandre Carter in the end zone for a touchdown 21-14. Washington would go on to stay in the lead for the remainder of the game in large part because of their defense.

WFT’s defense had its hands full with a reenergized Cam Newton and a healthy Christian McCaffery. Washington’s front seven had an excellent day even without its two starting defensive ends. The front seven, especially the defensive line held the explosive Christian McCaffery to fifty-nine yards rushing on ten carries. With McCaffery in check Washington’s defense turned its attention to Newton. Looking at Cam’s stats initially, you would think he had a momentous day and that the Panthers won in a blowout but that was not the case. Cam was held in check by the Washington defense for most of the game. He was only able to muster a late passing TD in the fourth quarter which broughtWashington’s lead down to 24-21. Cam finished with 189 yards passing and two touchdowns on the day. He also added forty-six yards rushing and one touchdown on the ground.

Scott Turner remained steadfast in his newfound commitment to the run game. The offensive line for Washington continued to be dominant in the run game consistently driving the Panther defensive lineman off the ball. WFT ran the ball a total of forty times wearing down an exceptionally good Panther’s front. Six of those forty runs were pass attempts that Heinicke decided to pull down and run instead. Washington would add another field goal while continuing to keep Carolina out of the endzone winning the game 27-21.

After last week’s victory over Tampa Bay one concern coming from that game was whether the team could grow from that experience and duplicate it. Could the team use that same formula against the Bucs to beat the Panthers? Well, they answered that question today in resounding fashion. Heinicke was extremely efficient on 16/22 passing with 3 TD’s and in conjunction with a super physical run game that helped control time of possession to the tune of 35 minutes & 53 seconds. This team, our team for the second straight week played within themselves, coached within themselves and more importantly they found themselves in the win column yet again. Is there anything else left to say other than, three in a row looks better than two in a row! Beat Seattle.

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