Carolina Panthers @ Washington Redskins: Back Jackson to beat it

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NFL boff Tom Selwyn (@Tom_Selwyn) returns to cover Monday Night Football as the Patriots welcome the Ravens.

Carolina Panthers @ Washington Redskins  | Tuesday 01:30 | Sky Sports 1

There’s pretty much no hope of the Panthers returning to the play-offs this season, due in part to a defence that has regressed considerably from last season.

Their struggles are particularly evident in the pass game where they are without CB Josh Norman, who now lines up for the Redskins.

Washington has a number of receivers who can take advantage of this weakness, including TE Jordan Reed who has a very appealing line, but he’s struggling with injuries and has been limited in practice all week.

Jackson to beat his line

With Reed being a bit of an unknown, the line that stands out to me is that of WR DeSean Jackson. Given his recent form, I’ll be backing him to go Over 62.5 receiving yards (10/11 SkyBet).

Jackson has really gotten going in recent weeks, averaging 93 yards over his last three games. In each of these games he has had a reception of 50 plus yards, including an 80 yard TD in last week’s game against the Eagles.

Caroline’s growing pains

The Panthers are starting two rookies at CB this season and their growing pains are evidenced in the stats – Carolina is currently ranked 30th in the league against the pass, giving up 272.4 yards per-game through the air, and they also have given up the sixth-most passes of over 40 yards (11).

Taking the top off of opposing defences is Jackson’s specialty and I can see him collecting some more deep throws against an inexperienced Panthers defence that has given up the third-most yards to WRs.

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Carolina Panthers @ Washington Redskins – DeSean Jackson to have Over 62.5 Receiving Yards – 10/11 (Sky Bet)

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Tom got into betting after taking a marketing role at Sportingbet in 2009. He's since moved on to IT, but has remained within the industry. His passion in both betting and watching is the NFL, but also follows many other sports. Other interests include rock music, following the Patriots and being confused as to which Nottingham Forest team will show up each week.

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