Keys to the Game: Panthers vs. Redskins

1. Time for the wide receivers to step up

Whether it's Ted Ginn Jr., Corey Brown, Devin Funchess, Jerricho Cotchery or whoever else, the Panthers are going to need to utilize their wide receivers in this game. The Redskins have been very good against opposing tight ends in 2015, allowing just one touchdown, while also being solid against running backs. Their weakness? Slowing down wide receivers. To this point in 2015, Washington has allowed 103 receptions for 1,473 yards and 13 touchdowns to opponents' wide outs. The player to most likely have a big day should be Ginn, as his speed could cause issues for the Redskins.

2. Test Washington's ability to stop Cam Newton from running

So far this year, opposing quarterbacks have rushed just 15 times against the Redskins, the second-fewest attempts in the league. While it has resulted in 76 yards and a touchdown, this could be a great opportunity for Newton to run wild. We've seen Newton rush for 366 yards and six touchdowns so far this season, so his ability to run over teams is obvious. Keep your eyes peeled to see if he tests Washington early in Week 11.

3. Keep the pressure up

The Panthers are tied at No. 6 for the most sacks in the NFL with 26 this year. It's obvious that their strong defense has been a huge part of their incredible 9-0 start, but we've surprisingly seen Cousins only get sacked 12 times this season. If Carolina can tally a few sacks on Washington's signal caller, it's going to go a long way towards extending their undefeated season to 10-0, but it won't be an easy task.

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