Redskins-Panthers report card

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Impact player

Direct comparisons between Carolina quarterback Cam Newton and Washington's Robert Griffin III are silly given their different styles. But Newton won the battle Sunday with rushing and passing touchdowns.

Under the radar

Running back Evan Royster, the local kid from Westfield High in Chantilly, made the most of an opportunity in a loss to Carolina. He caught three passes for 30 yards and also scored a rushing touchdown.

Did you notice ...

The Redskins handed the ball to rookie Alfred Morris only 13 times for the second straight week? He entered the game as the league's third-leading rusher and was facing a defense ranked 20th in the league against the run.

From the sidelines

After getting criticized for a lack of offensive balance last month, Carolina coach Ron Rivera and his staff again addressed that issue. Newton threw just 23 times -- he averaged 38 passes the last two games -- and Carolina ran it 27.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan isn't afraid to take risks. But down just 7-3 late in the second quarter and facing fourth-and-2 after a 15-play drive, the Redskins didn't take the points. The run by Griffin failed, and Carolina answered with a 98-yard touchdown drive.

bmcnally@washingtonexaminer.com

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