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Redskins at Panthers: 5 Questions

- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 20, 2011

1. Will John Beck protect the ball? Rex Grossman's 11 turnovers are the biggest reason why Beck will start Sunday. They're also a contributing factor to the offense's 15.3-point average over the past three games. Beck must make better decisions and sharper throws than Grossman did.

2. How will Beck's presence change the offense? Beck is more mobile than Grossman and has a stronger arm. The Redskins might call bootlegs and keepers more frequently to take advantage of Beck's speed and attack the Panthers from different points. Beck also is a threat to run himself.

3. Will the patchwork offensive line hold up? The line was devastated last Sunday after only 10 snaps. Three positions will be filled by new starters this week. Now that they've had a full week of practice, left tackle Sean Locklear, left guard Will Montgomery and center Erik Cook must win more blocks than they did against Philadelphia.

4. Can the Redskins contain Cam Newton? This year's first overall pick isn't running all over like Michael Vick. The Panthers design runs for him (he has 207 yards and six touchdowns), but he likes to stand in the pocket. The Redskins have to pressure him to speed up his decision-making.

5. Will Washington cut out the penalties? The Redskins committed a total of only 10 penalties during the first three games, but they were flagged 10 times in Week 4 and nine times last week. They must regain their discipline and stop the self-inflicted wounds.

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