Key matchup: Carolina leads the NFL in sacks (39) while Washington has allowed the third-fewest sacks this year (18).
Key difference: The Panthers have a -2 turnover differential this season after leading the league with a +20 TO differential in 2015.
Completion issues:Cam Newton's 53.5 percent completion percentage is the worst among all qualified QBs this year.
Kuechly's impact:In Weeks 8-11 (with Kuechly), Carolina allowed 17.5 points per game. In Weeks 12-14 (without Kuechly), the Panthers allowed 30.3 PPG.