Neither of these teams has been technically eliminated from the playoffs, but a loss tonight might set the postseason out of reach. Here is the current playoff projection:
Cam Newton and the Panthers have gone 2-3 in their five most recent contests, including a win over the Chargers last week. They have been missing Luke Kuechly since Week 11 after he suffered a concussion; he has been ruled out of this game as well. Carolina is in last place for the NFC South. They have gone 1-3 in the division so far in the regular season and trail the Falcons (9-5), Buccaneers (8-6), and Saints (6-8).
This team is in third place in the NFC East behind the Cowboys (12-2) and Giants (10-4), and Washington has gone 3-2 over their last five games. They are 3-2 in the division this season, still in the hunt for a wild card spot in the playoffs.
That’s your preview for tonight’s game. Grab your favorite beverage and settle in for Monday Night Football.