Sure, it was just the preseason. But that was impressive.
The 47-3 rout was nearly without fault. They ran, they pressured the passer on defense, they did it all.
They've only scored more points once in franchise history (52, vs. Cincinnati on Dec. 8, 2002). They had never scored more than 30 in a preseason game.
A few quick thoughts before hitting the road:
-- That twin RB thing might just work. Although, DeAngelo Williams should mind his own advice. He was counseling Jonathan Stewart not to move the ball from hand-to-hand in traffic the series before he fumbled. Williams said he was trying to get clear of the back judge when he swapped hands, only to get it poked out.
As a team, they averaged 7.1 yards per carry. And that was on 32 attempts. Nice.
-- Perhaps the most significant stat of the night was the four sacks in the first half, all by linemen. If they can get pressure with their front four, they won't have to trick up their defense and make other areas vulnerable.
(There's a rumor that Redskins LT Chris Samuels was checked after the game for tire marks after Julius Peppers rolled him backward for a sack.)
Peppers has now shown power and speed so far this preseason. He apparently feels better, though he hasn't cared to hang around after games to talk about it.
-- With the regulars playing, the special teams looked better. The Redskins averaged 22.5 per kickoff return, but they were all coming from out of the end zone, so the Panthers will take it.
By the way, if you were wondering if kickoff man Rhys Lloyd was making the 53-man roster, stop wondering. He's here.
-- TE Dante Rosario has a knack for the passing game. Jeff King might get all the starts, but Rosario's going to make the plays.
-- No word until the MRI tomorrow, but it doesn't sound like DE Jason Taylor's knee sprain is as bad as it looked.
-- Panthers WR Jason Carter suffered a right knee sprain late, but there were no updates there either.