There’s some discontent among Redskins rooters that their heroes’ only home preseason games were the second and fifth ones since the starters played just a couple of series in the former and don’t figure to play any longer in the latter.
But consider the wisdom of Saturday’s game at Carolina. It’s the only NFC matchup of the five games for Washington and the one in which the starters will play the most, perhaps the entire first half. That makes sense since the Panthers are the only one of the five August opponents against whom the Redskins will be vying with for a playoff spot so this will be Washington coach Jim Zorn’s best shot to see how his team really stacks up against the competition.
Once the regular season starts, Zorn and Co. will face a steady diet of NFC competition with division rivals New York, Dallas and Philadelphia on tap during the first five weeks along with New Orleans and Arizona.
— David Elfin