Panthers 10 – Ravens 38
38 – 10 and dominant on both sides of the ball. I mean if you have faults from this game you’re really nitpicking, which I will do in a bit.
Was lady luck a Raven today?
SURE SHE WAS, but sometimes you get lucky and you have to take advantage of it, and the Ravens did. They’re 3 – 1 and looking better and better each week.
Special mention to James Hurst! What a job the kid did. I said when they signed him that he was a 1st round guy who got hurt. He sure played like a 1st rounder today.
Joe Flacco was hardly touched all day so the O-Line played well. The running game averaged over 4 yards per carry. Flacco on the day was 22 of 31 for 327 yards and 3 TD’s and hit 7 different receivers. Steve Smith was obviously motivated as he went off for 2 TD’s and 139 yards vs. his former team. Jacoby Jones is a liability as a 3rd receiver; Brown and Aiken need more playing time in 3 and 4 WR sets.
The tackling was better! Cam Newton was under duress most of the day. The secondary was OK. Matt Elam is still a liability in pass coverage but as a whole they only gave up 10 points to a team averaging 21 per game. They allowed only 2.6 yards per rush, sacked Cam twice, and hit him 7 times. Daryl Smith and CJ Mosley hit the holes quick and shut everything between the tackles down. Jimmy Smith played a physical game vs. Kelvin Benjamin and gets better and better each game.
Special Teams: B
Well let’s be critical here. Justin Tucker missed a FG (from 57 yards) and they gave up a 23 yard return late. Sam Koch only punted once and landed that nicely at the 2. The Ravens only had one return of 18 yards today. All in all it was a ho hum day for the special teams.
Coaches/Game Plan: A-
The coaches still don’t know how and when to challenge but besides that, this team was ready to play again. 4 penalties for 40 yards as the team continues to show its discipline as a group. The game plan was ideal as it got Steve Smith involved from the first play, used the quicker Justin Forsett as the primary ball carrier, and got guys like Marlon Brown and Kamar Aiken involved.