Week 15 in the NFL closes out on Monday Night with a NFC tilt between the 5-8 Carolina Panthers and the 7-5-1 Washington Redskins. The game doesn’t really have anything on the line for the Panthers, as they’re all but out of the playoff race. But, despite the Panthers’ disappointing season, they still have one thing to play for this late in the year. They can spoil the Redskins’ playoff hopes, which means they can ruin Josh Norman’s season.
On the other side of the field, everything is at stake for the Redskins. Needing a win to keep pace in the playoff race, 7-5-1, the Redskins are currently the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoff standings, thanks to the Buccaneers’ loss to the Cowboys on Sunday night.
It is pretty obvious that the Panthers will not be headed back to the playoffs this season and they have not been kind to bettors at 4-7-2 against the spread through their first 13 games. The total stayed UNDER 48.5 points in last Sunday’s 28-16 victory at home against San Diego as one-point favorites and it has stayed UNDER in four of their last six games. Carolina is just 1-4-1 ATS in six previous road games this season.
Last week’s victory goes to the Panthers’ defense with three interceptions and two recovered fumbles. Cam Newton continued to struggle with just 160 yards passing and one touchdown throw on a dismal completion rate of 37 percent. Carolina did gain 126 yards on the ground against the Chargers as the only consistent aspect of this offense.
The Redskins escaped Philadelphia with a much needed 27-22 victory last Sunday as two-point road favorites to stay in the hunt for a NFC wildcard spot at 7-5-1. They improved to a healthy 9-4 ATS this season and the total has now gone OVER in 11 of their first 13 games. Washington is 4-2 ATS at home this season and it has also covered in four of six games when closing as a favorite.
The Redskins want a loud fanbase against the Panthers on Monday night, but Metro issues could force some fans to choose between leaving early or having no ride home.
The team put out a press release to let fans know that trains will stop running before the end of the game due the ongoing ‘SafeTrack’ project:
In advance of Monday’s game between the Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers at FedExField, the Redskins are reminding fans that the last train will depart the Morgan Boulevard Metro station at 11:27 p.m. on Monday as required by the Metro SafeTrack program.
Kickoff for Redskins vs. Panthers won’t take place until 8:30 p.m., and considering the average length of NFL games stretches beyond three hours, fans cannot depend on the Metro to get home. Adding to the tight timeline, the Morgan Boulevard station is one mile from the stadium. This is one of those peculiarities that shows that in playoff race everything matters. Sign up now at HeritageSports.eu and make your own predictions for Monday Night.