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3-2, 1st in NFC East
AP makes the Redskins better (1:47)

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins corner Quinton Dunbar said when the secondary met on Tuesday, "We wasn't really mad about our performance and our play. It was more questioning yourself. Do you really love your teammates? Do you really care for your teammates? Are you there for your teammates? When we had that talk it was a reality check to look yourself in the mirror, like we know we need to care more for our guys. You can't produce if it's fake love."

Gruden 'happy' for Norman's bounce back performance (0:19)
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Swearinger penalized, irked Newton avoided flag

Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger expressed annoyance that his response to Cam Newton's trash talk drew a flag while the Panthers quarterback avoided a penalty despite "yelling in my ear" all game.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger was intent on snapping the one-good-game, one-bad-one routine has plagued Washington: “No laughing next week. We got the Cowboys coming in. It shouldn't be no laughing next week. It needs to be all business here on out. I ain't enjoy this [win]. I'm going to get on to the Cowboys when I get to the house. When we win, we win and move forward to the next game. Everyone has that approach and we dominate this Cowboys game….It's time to really strap it on; time to really lock in and focus on another level. If you watch film for 48 hours, you need to watch it for 58 hours this week.”

Swearinger says 'I got the last laugh' on Newton (0:43)

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger said the entire defense went to a steak house this week, going out for the first time this season. It stemmed from talks between Swearinger and linebacker Pernell McPhee. Swearinger said McPhee picked up the check. But it followed the defensive backs on Tuesday talking in a meeting about playing for one another.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins improved to 3-2 with a gutty 23-17 win over Carolina, thanks to a number of reasons: Adrian Peterson's strong rushing game (17 carries, 97 yards) and two forced turnovers by corner Josh Norman. The Redskins needed this game in the worst way, to prove something to themselves -- and their fans -- after an embarrassing loss at New Orleans. That game will now be forgotten as the focus shifts to a home game next week vs. Dallas. They're now 15-6-1 under Jay Gruden after a loss in the last three years. The trick has been handling prosperity. The clock starts ticking to see if once again they can handle it.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins' offense has hurt itself at times with an inconsistent pass game, but they've been bailed out by a tough run game and a strong game by field goal kicker Dustin Hopkins. This is who the Redskins are: a team that must run well and get enough timely plays out of the pass game. It helps when the defense forces takeaways and limits the other offense.

Peterson loses shoe, gains 21 yards anyway (0:21)
Norman climbs ladder to intercept Newton (0:27)

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins rebounded from an ugly showing Monday with a much better outing in the first half vs. Carolina, forcing three turnovers and scoring 17 points. Another key: the run game. Adrian Peterson rushed nine times for 56 yards in the first two quarters and none of his carries lost yards. That enabled Washington to stay in positive down-and-distance situations most of the time. The passing game worked enough to help, with two Alex Smith touchdown passes. The Redskins now must figure out how to do well in the third quarter. They have not scored a touchdown in the third quarter this season.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins have opted to pressure most of the half with just four rushers and for the most part it prevented big plays. But on Carolina's scoring drive, the Redskins failed to generate much pressure with four and they consistently allowed open completions thanks to getting lost whether by formation or the action of the routes. Quinton Dunbar has bit hard on two inside fakes by receiver Devin Funchess -- and the wideout capitalized with a touchdown catch. But the Redskins might need to consider rushing a fifth defender on occasion. An earlier blitz resulted in a Cam Newton fumble.

Smith throws strike to Richardson in back of end zone (0:28)

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins corner Josh Norman recorded his first pick since Christmas Eve in Chicago in 2016. That's been a knock on his game. He had a chance in part because of a strong pass rush by the front four. It also was Cam Newton's first career interception vs. Washington -- and it comes after Norman endured a tough week following a one-series benching vs. the Saints and questions about his play.

Reed keeps drive alive with leaping one-handed catch (0:18)

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Quarterback Alex Smith looked jittery in the pocket Monday night, but aside from the first series Sunday he has done a better job settling his feet and finding the open man. The Redskins need his poise in order to have any success. It also helps that the Redskins have been in better down-and-distance situations thanks to the run game.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins have used their own pre-snap motion to hurt Carolina early in the game on at least two big plays. But on their second touchdown, they benefitted from attention paid to tight end Jordan Reed. With Reed and Paul Richardson in a stack formation, the safety cheated towards Reed -- and Alex Smith found Richardson. This is why Reed is so important to have in the lineup even if less than 100 percent. He creates room for others with his presence.

Smith opens scoring with 22-yard TD pass to Davis (0:21)

Team Stats

Passing Yards227.224th
Rushing Yards116.812th
Points For21.224th
Points Against20.88th

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