The Washington Redskins' running game carried the team to a 29-21 victory over the Kyle Allen-led Carolina Panthers in Week 13 of the 2019 season.
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With both Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice running so well, Dwayne Haskins' main priority was to take care of the ball, and crucially, he avoided any turnover-worthy plays in arguably his most polished effort as a pro. Going forward, Washington fans will want to see more big-time throws, but finding your feet at this level takes time and this was a step forward in that direction.
It's hard to single out one member of the offensive line (including fill-in Geron Christian and extra lineman Tony Bergstrom) to praise because they all made some crucial blocks for their running backs. Perhaps the stand out was Donald Penn, who was given a little bit of trouble early in pass protection by Brian Burns and Burce Irvin but came back to put forth an impressive effort in the run game.
At his best, Landon Collins is a man who impacts the game at the line of scrimmage. And against Carolina, he was a heat-seeking missile intent on ruining the Panthers' plans to run through Christian McCaffrey. He ended the day with two tackles for loss or no gain and was a general nuisance throughout.
It was a day for the unheralded players of Washington's defensive line. Nate Orchard hadn't seen a snap for any NFL team this season before playing extensively against the Panthers, but he made up for lost time with a productive effort that showed that he had a point to prove.
It was a peculiar game for quarterback Kyle Allen. His early pick came after the timing of his receiver's route was knocked off, and he was victimized by an incredibly sloppy display from his receivers, who were dropping balls all day long. But while he was OK for the most part, it can't be ignored that with the game on the line, he first threw a ball that should have been picked before taking a game-ending sack-fumble that killed his team's potential comeback.
You won't often see Christian McCaffrey perform so poorly. His struggles were chiefly in the passing game, where he was beaten in protection on one of his two pass-blocking snaps before uncharacteristically dropping three passes. Was it an aberration, or a sign of the workload getting to him?
When a team is running over you, you need your big men upfront to influence the run game. All too often, Kyle Love was unable to do that, with Ereck Flowers and Chase Roullier too often able to get position on him at the snap.
As it usually goes, When Luke Kuechly doesn't play well, the Panthers' defense doesn't play well. There were early signs of him at his best, but like too many of his teammates, he was anonymous as the Washington line imposed their will.