It isn't really surprising to see an NFL team perform better at home as most NFL teams typically have better numbers when playing in front of their fans. Usually though the difference between being home and away isn't that drastic though. If you are a good/great team you still play well on the road, just not as well as you play at home. If you are a bad team you are still playing poorly at home, but your numbers aren't as bad as they are on the road. With the Redskins though that isn't the case, as their home/road splits are pretty drastic.
I wanted to answer this one because there were more questions about the linebackers than anything else. And I've received others like this in the past couple weeks. The linebacker play has been way too inconsistent and disappointing so I'm with everyone there (but not all those big runs to the outside are solely the fault of the linebacker; defensive backs have missed too many tackles in those situations).
The first move involved securing the tackle, so Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams and guard Spencer Long doubled him. Then Long moved from there to the linebacker, quickly filling a gap. Meanwhile, Williams buried the tackle as Long secured the linebacker -- and Alfred Morrisran through the hole for 12 yards.
Linebacker Keenan Robinson (shoulder/neck) and nose tackle Terrance Knighton (headaches) were listed as questionable on the injury report. The other 12 players on the report were listed as probable. Robinson has been limited in practice all week, but even if healthy it's uncertain if he would return to the starting lineup. The Redskins like Will Compton as one of the inside linebacker starters, so the decision would come down Robinson or Perry Riley Jr.
The Redskins' run defense has not performed well for five games now. Yes, the Saints got a lot of yards on one run last week, but that's an issue that keeps occurring so it can't be dismissed. If the defense doesn't perform better against the run this week, it'll be a long day. Carolina has run the ball 303 times this season -- 29 times more than any team in the NFL. The Panthers have dropped back to pass 307 times. They want to run power and will use a lot of pulling action for Jonathan Stewart and zone-read runs.
One of the big story lines at Redskins Park this week has been the increasing intensity at practice. Last week, Gruden pitted starters against starters and, according to several players, it carried over to the win against the Saints. By most accounts, there's been no drop off in the intensity and focus this week. In fact, Gruden acknowledged that there were a couple of "little skirmishes" during Wednesday's session. "The intensity level is rising," he added. "You can see it—the confidence, the intensity, all that— which is good.