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Redskins-Panthers: Fast facts for Washington’s Week 7 matchup

The Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers face each other today for the 10th time in the history of the franchises. Washington enters the game hoping to improve on its 7-2 record against Carolina.

Washington (3-2) is coming off of a 20-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles while the 1-5 Panthers hope to rebound from a 31-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Here are some things to watch for in this game:

The Redskins are trying to pull off a victory over an NFC South opponent for the first time since their Dec. 17, 2006 victory over the New Orleans Saints (16-10).

Kick returner Brandon Banks enters the game looking to add to his NFL-best 18 kickoff returns and league-leading kick return yardage (437).

Nose tackle Barry Cofield recorded his first sack of the season last week and has never posted sacks in back-to-back weeks in his six-year career.

Receiver Jabar Gaffney needs 32 receiving yards to reach the 5,000-yard mark for his career.

With an interception today, cornerback DeAngelo Hall would record picks in back-to-back games for the fifth time in his career. He did so last season, following up his four-interception outing against the Bears on Oct. 24 with a pick the following week against the Lions.

Receiver Santana Moss needs a touchdown catch to tie Ricky Sanders for seventh-most on the franchise’s all-time list with 35.

Moss needs 66 receiving yards to record 6,492 as a Redskin. That would tie Bobby Mitchell for fourth-most in team history.

Tight end Fred Davis’s 343 receiving yards this season ranks third in the NFC and fourth in the NFL among tight ends.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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