Carolina Panthers at Washington Football Team: 12/27/20 NFL Picks and Prediction

Carolina Panthers at Washington Football Team: 12/27/20 NFL Picks and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Football Team (6-8) vs Carolina Panthers (4-10)

Game Info: Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm (FedEx Field)

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The Carolina Panthers will travel to FedExField to take on the Washington Football Team this Sunday afternoon in NFL action.

The Carolina Panthers lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 4-10 on the season after being defeated by the Green Bay Packers, 24-16, this past Saturday. Carolina was able to make it game in the 4th quarter after going into halftime down by a 21-3 margin, however, the Panthers could not fight back after a Mason Crosby FG for the Packers gave Green Bay a 24-13 lead with just 3:39 left in regulation. Carolina outgained Green Bay by a 364-291 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Panthers was WR DJ Moore who had 6 receptions for 131 yards.

On the season, Carolina is averaging 23.1 ppg on 369.9 yards per game (261.5 passing yds/g; 108.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Carolina has been led by QB Teddy Bridgewater who has completed 69.8% of his passes for 3,360 yards (278.8 yds/g), 14 TD, & 8 INT. Bridgewater is also the 2nd leading rusher for the Panthers and has 5 rushing TD’s on the season. Mike Davis (151 att, 614 yards, 5 TD; 59 rec, 373 yards, 2 TD) had led the Carolina backfield who has missed Christian McCaffrey for the majority of the season. McCaffrey hasn’t been officially shut down for the season and should be considered questionable for this matchup. The top receiving threats for the Panthers have been DJ Moore (56 rec, 1,055 yards, 4 TD), Robby Anderson (85 rec, 1,017 yards, 2 TD), & Curtis Samuel (65 rec, 627 yards, 3 TD).

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Defensively, Carolina is allowing their opponents to average 25.4 ppg on 371.7 total yards per game (252.3 passing yds/g; 119.4 rushing yds/g)

The Washington Football Team has their 4-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 6-8 on the season after being defeated by the Seattle Seahawks, 20-15, this past Sunday. Washington was able to make it a game late after TD’s early in the 4th quarter by both Peyton Barber & J.D. McKissic made it a one possession game midway through the 4th quarter, however, despite having a chance to get the go-ahead TD, Dwayne Haskins took back-to-back sacks late and Washington turned it over on downs. Washington outgained Seattle by a 353-302 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin in the loss. Leading the way for Washington was TE Lance Thomas who had 13 receptions for 101 yards.

On the season, Washington is allowing their opponents to average 21.6 ppg on 338.8 total yards per game (238.8 passing yds/g; 100.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Washington has been led by RB Antonio Gibson who had 659 rushing yards & 11 TD’s on 141 carries, while also hauling in 32 receptions for 233 yards. Gibson missed last game with turf toe and should be considered questionable for this matchup. Leading the backfield currently for Washington is the duo of J.D. McKissic (79 att, 350 yards, TD; 67 rec, 482 yards, TD) & Peyton Barber (89 att, 238 yards, 4 TD). Washington has had a QB carousel this season and if Alex Smith isn’t able to go after missing last week, Washington will once again go with Dwayne Haskins Jr. (62.9 CMP %, 1,285 yards, 5 TD, 5 INT). The top receiving threats for Washington have been Terry McLaurin (80 rec, 1,078 yards, 3 TD) & Logan Thomas (62 rec, 570 yards, 5 TD).

Defensively, Washington is holding their opponents to an average of 21.1 ppg on 332.2 total yards per game (219.8 passing yds/g; 112.4 rushing yds/g).

The Panthers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games as an underdog. Washington is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games in Week 16.

Washington’s defense has been lights out over their past five games, holding their opponents to an average of just 15.4 ppg. Carolina, although not a powerhouse defense, was quite impressive against Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay, holding the Packers to under 300 total yards and I think they will have a much easier time against a Washington offense that I can’t trust with Dwayne Haskins under center. This game screams under to me and as I expect the total to go down as the week goes on, I’m getting on this one sooner than later. Good Luck!

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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