A week after Grossman got the hook during a loss to the struggling
The once-promising Redskins (3-3) trailed the entire game. Washington — which suffered its third loss in the past four games — couldn't slow the Panthers or match their offensive firepower.
Carolina rookie quarterback
Newton's Panthers (2-5) racked up 407 yards, 175 on the ground.
Beck — who hadn't started a regular-season game since his rookie year — completed 22 of 37 passes for 279 yards and a touchdown to
"I've got to do a better job of getting these guys ready to play," a disheveled Shanahan said at the lectern after the game.
"We should've played better than that. But I take my hat off to Cam Newton. He did some things with his legs and made some throws that not even [seasoned] pros make."
Even when fully healthy, Washington's offense has struggled to execute consistently and put points on the board. But the Redskins' efforts were hampered as they opened the game against the Panthers by the absence of injured offensive starters: tight end
Then the Redskins lost leading wide receiver
And in the third quarter, they lost starting running back
On defense, where Washington already was without starting free safety
Along with the injuries, a late first-half turnover and failed third-quarter gamble served as the lowlights of Washington's loss. The first came in the waning seconds of the second quarter.
After tying the score at 6 on a 49-yard field goal by
But on first down, wide receiver
On the first possession of the third quarter, Shanahan rolled the dice on a fourth-down play that ended up leading to the Panthers' first touchdown. Facing fourth-and-2 from the Carolina 40-yard line, Shanahan chose to go for it rather than punt, but Beck was swallowed up and sacked for a 7-yard loss, and the Panthers took over.
Newton and his offense needed only two plays to score. First the rookie connected with wideout