John Beck threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns in his season debut, but couldn’t match a dazzling performance from Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton as the Washington Redskins fell, 33-20, on Oct. 23 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

The Redskins held Newton and the Panthers’ high-flying offense out of the end zone in the first half, but a slow start from Beck took the Redskins into halftime trailing 9-6. After the break, Washington’s defense faltered, surrendering back-to-back touchdown drives in the third quarter to give Carolina a 23-13 lead.

Newton engineered another touchdown drive at the top of the fourth quarter to make it 30-13 and put the game away. The rookie finished with 256 yards passing and two touchdowns, one rushing and one passing.

Washington fell to 3-3, and suffered their second straight loss after starting 3-1. The Redskins travel to Toronto on Oct. 30 for a clash with the surprising Buffalo Bills (4-2), but may have to do so without the services of receiver Santana Moss and running back Tim Hightower. Both starters were injured in the loss to Carolina, as Moss left with a hand injury in the first half and Hightower exited with a knee injury in the third quarter.


Stephen D. Riley

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