Without a win since the first week of November and on the heels of a 29-21 defeat to the dreadful Redskins on Sunday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera isn't concerned about the future of his status as Carolina coach, but simply the immediate future of next week.
Carolina had ample opportunity early to put the ball in McCaffrey's hands and control the game. Instead, slowly, Washington took advantage of the Panthers' short offensive possessions to creep back and eventually take it over.
When the Carolina Panthers placed quarterback Cam Newton on Injured Reserve in early November, there was a dominating storyline about how the team would be trading him at the end of the season and forging ahead with backup Kyle Allen. Weeks later, this appears to be less certain. The Panthers fans are even hoping that the team keeps Newton in town, and they are pleading for this to happen.