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3-2, 2nd in NFC South
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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Perspective from Panthers tight end Greg Olsen: The sky is not falling because Carolina (3-2) lost a game on Sunday at Washington that it was projected to win. It's just the way the NFL is.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera attributes ‘'growing pains'' of having new players, three new coordinators and the return of vets like Thomas Davis and Greg Olsen to a 3-2 start. But he did like that Carolina battled back and had a chance to win in the final minutes of Sunday's 23-17 loss at Washington.

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Swearinger penalized, irked Newton avoided flag

Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger expressed annoyance that his response to Cam Newton's trash talk drew a flag while the Panthers quarterback avoided a penalty despite "yelling in my ear" all game.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Quarterback Cam Newton handled the "noise'' from Washington cornerback Josh Norman, his former teammate with the Panthers, about as well as one can. He also gave DJ Moore some good advice after the rookie wide receiver had two first-half fumbles that led to a 17-0 hole for Carolina. "They got the juice. They won. Ain't no need for me talking,'' Newton said when asked about Norman's noise. "I don't have to have no twitter feeds for nobody.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

There were no last-second heroics this week by the Panthers, who started a string of four road games in six weeks with an ugly 23-17 loss to the Redskins. The return of Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen didn't give the offense the boost it was looking for. The return of Pro Bowl linebacker Thomas Davis didn't tighten up the defense. The loss sends the Panthers to defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia with a 3-2 record and total loss of momentum built from last week's last-second win against the Giants.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith hadn't done that much in terms of receptions (7) through the first four games. He had four catches, including a 3-yard touchdown, on the last drive. He also caught the 2-point conversion to cut the gap to 20-17.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Could be momentum swing as Panthers stop Washington on fourth down from their own 38 Guess who made the play? Outside linebacker Thomas Davis broke up the pass.

Funchess 'Mosses' Dunbar for incredible TD catch (0:27)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The first half against Washington was a case of the past and present haunting the Panthers. The past, former Carolina cornerback Josh Norman, had an interception and a forced fumble to stop drives. The present, 2018 first-round pick D.J. Moore, lost two fumbles that led to 10 points for the Redskins. Add to that Graham Gano, who kicked a 63-yard game-winner a week ago for Carolina, missed an extra point. Trailing 17-6 the Panthers will have to clean up the mistakes and turn in their best second half of the season to make a game out of this one.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

You know things aren't going your way when the man that made a game-winning 63-yard field goal the week before misses an extra point. But Panthers has to score there with Washington set to get the ball to start the second half, so a positive step for a team that hasn't had much go right so far.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers first-round draft pick D.J. Moore having a bad day. He's now fumbled twice trying to fight for more yards as was his trademark in college not far from here at Maryland.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cornerback Josh Norman is one happy camper after picking off a lame duck pass from Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Unlike training camp in 2015 where Newton ran down Norman and got stiff-armed in the face to incite a fight no such drama afterwards.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

So much for an emotional lift for the Panthers' defense with the return of Thomas Davis from suspension. Alex Smith and the Redskins are having their way, already up 14-0 with two touchdown passes. Washington has 89 yards of total offense to 21 for Carolina. Redskins are doing to Carolina what New Orleans did to them last Monday night.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Some confusion by the Panthers before the snap and Washington quarterback Alex Smith confuses the situation even more when he gets safety Eric Reid to pause with a shoulder fake. That left tight end Vernon Davis wide open for a 22-yard touchdown. A fumbled punt return by rookie D.J. Moore set up this play. Not a good start for a Carolina team that appears a little flat.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers free safety Eric Reid on Sunday once again kneeled during the national anthem to continue his protest against social injustice in the United States. No other member of the team joined him.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton doing his usual stair down as the visiting team is introduced.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Damp conditions but the rain has stopped at FedEx Field. Panthers practiced in rain much of the week so this should feel normal. Footing shouldn't hinder tight end Greg Olsen, making his return from re-fracturing his foot in the opener. Olsen expects to start faster than he did a year ago coming off the same injury.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers going with white jersey and black pants in a game for the first time In a regular-season game. Former owner Jerry Richardson was a traditionalist and didn't like mixing up color combinations much unless NFL mandated.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers' inactives: WR Damiere Byrd, LB Andre Smith, DE Marquis Haynes, CB Corn Elder, RB Cameron Artis-Payne, Dar Bryan Cox Jr., OL Brendan Mahon.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Keep an eye on how effective the Panthers' pass rush is against Washington. They had only one sack last week, none by the front four, and two the week before. End Mario Addison said offenses have been "scared'' of them, using a lot of two-step drops and quick throws to negate the rush.

Team Stats

Passing Yards222.426th
Rushing Yards139.44th
Points For24.217th
Points Against22.810th

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2018 Draft Picks

RD(PK)PLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1(24)D.J. MooreWRMaryland
2(23)Donte JacksonCBLSU
3(21)Rashaan GauldenCBTennessee
4(1)Ian ThomasTEIndiana
4(36)Marquis HaynesOLBOle Miss
5(24)Jermaine CarterCBMaryland
7(16)Andre SmithILBNorth Carolina
7(24)Kendrick NortonDTMiami (FL)