1. UP IN THE AIR: Patrick Ramsey may be the starter, but if he plays like he did Saturday -- when he failed to put up points and veteran Mark Brunell shined -- and talk of a quarterback controversy will intensify.

2. WAITING FOR MR. LONGBALL: Washington's deep passing game remains MIA, and the Panthers easily intercepted Ramsey on his first long pass Saturday. Will the team ever complete a pass of more than 30 yards?

3. GETTING DEFENSIVE: The Redskins are likely to have a host of unknowns on the defensive side of the ball given the rash of injuries that have hit in recent weeks. Last week, the understudies struggled, and the coaching staff will be looking for more production from those units.

4. RUNNING RAGGED: The Redskins averaged an ugly 2.9 yards per carry in the first half against the Panthers, and with Pro Bowl running back Clinton Portis questionable for this contest, the offensive line will have to play even harder.

5. ARE THE ROOKIES READY?: Quarterback Jason Campbell (25th overall) will play before the home fans for the first time and cornerback Carlos Rogers (ninth overall) could play, as well, despite missing two weeks with foot and ankle injuries. Fourth-round pick Manuel White is having a difficult transition to H-back, but is expected to play more tonight.

-- Jason La Canfora