GAME RECAP: Panthers 34, Ravens 27

Pierce fumble

Final score: Panthers 34, Ravens 27

Game recap: The Ravens were done in by three turnovers that the Panthers converted into 21 points. Joe Flacco threw two interceptions, including a 71-yard pick-six to Drayton Florence. Backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw a pick-six to D. J. Moore. Bernard Pierce fumbled deep in Ravens’ territory after being stripped by Luke Kuechly, leading to a two-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Thomas Davis. By halftime, the Ravens were down 24-7, as their first team offense was outplayed for the second consecutive week. This time, their rally fell short.

Key moment: Flacco’s second interception late in the second quarter. At that point, the Ravens only trailed 21-7, and they had driven to the Panthers’ 10-yard line. Had the Ravens completed the drive with a touchdown, they would have only trailed by seven points, and the first team could have felt much better about its performance. Instead, Flacco threw a poor pass over the middle intended for tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. Kuechly read it, stepped in front of Shiancoe, and made a nice play. Flacco has thrown three interceptions during the preseason. If his chemistry with this year’s receivers is not as good as last year’s, it could lead to more mistakes.

Injury front: Backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor took a hard hit on a fourth-quarter scramble and went to the locker room to be evaluated. There was no immediate word on his status.

Ravens players of the game:

Offense: Marlon Brown, WR An undrafted rookie, Brown had four catches for 59 yards, including a beautiful snag on a 24-yard touchdown reception. Brown has size (6-foot-5) and sure hands, which is not a bad combination. He is very much in the picture to make the 53-man roster.

Defense: Daryl Smith, ILB He had three tackles and a sack in the first half, and was flying around the field like he was 21 years old. Joining the Ravens seems to have rejuvenated Smith’s career. He could be one of their most important pickups this offseason.

Roster impact

Brandon Stokley is a keeper. He was targeted three times, and made three catches for 43 yards, including one for 27 yards. Stokley could be the possession slot receiver the Ravens sorely need. He looked like he had been playing with Flacco for years, and he got open. Can’t see how Stokley is not on the 53-man roster. On the tight end front, Shiancoe (two catches, 21 yards) looked better than Dallas Clark, who did not make a catch. Clark needs to pick it up, because his roster spot is not guaranteed.

From the locker room

Joe Flacco “We obviously turned the ball over. With what we did tonight, we’re not going to win a lot of football games doing that.”

11 Raves on “GAME RECAP: Panthers 34, Ravens 27

    • g money on said:

      go ahead, press the panic button. don’t worry, there will still be room on the bandwagon when we make the playoffs. somehow, there always is…

      • bogeyroy on said:

        Exactly…probably one of those that sprained their ankle jumping off the bandwagon last year when we dropped 4 of 5 games down the stretch.

  1. mike D on said:

    I have been a fan of Doss (for no apparent reasons to be honest). But this game was the final straw in the fandom. I think Doss is far below of what Mallete and Brown can do, and his time as a Ravens is up.

    I’d keep Brown and Mallette over Doss.

  2. Mac in Va on said:

    The 1s first series on offense and defense was nearly flawless and indicative of what this team can do. The defense forced a 3 and out and Mr. #5 looked masterful in that first offensive set. Much after that, not so much. You can’t win games with turnovers and KOR/PR returned for TDs.

    Stokley is, without question, the starting slot receiver and I’m not sure if Doss even makes the team.

    I still believe our guys will clean up the rough edges, field the best athletes and win the AFCN.

  3. Bruce_Almty on said:

    Somehow, somewhere, the Ravens need to keep Aaron Mellette (very likely, he was drafted) & Marlon Brown and Matt Furstenburg (both sure-handed pass catching UdFAs). They have not set the pre-season on fire but a new group of “potentials” needs to be retained.

    • g money on said:

      Marlon Brown made a case for himself to make the final 53 last night. I don’t see any way that Mellette is any more than a practice squad guy this season. We have too many receivers competing for spots, and Laquan will get one since he is such a good special teams player.

  4. Big C on said:

    The WR’s will be T. Smith, J. Jones, B. Stokely, L. Williams, M. Brown, and D. Thompson. Mellette is a little too light in the hindparts and will be put on IR. He was out there getting jammed like Smuckers all night. A year in the weightroom, a year in meetings and he’ll be good to go. He has REAL speed and can make plays, but he’s not strong enough right now… Doss is as good as gone, and LaQuan makes it on special teams alone and his ability to make catches and get up-field…

    • spy on said:

      Agree 90% , I like Thompson but he gets hurt too much to advance in this league you can’t impress the coaches from the training room nursing injuries………But I hear you , there simply isn’t much else to choose from , Brown just may be the real deal I hope so,,,,,,,,

  5. Tommy.O on said:

    I agree with you except i think Thompson may get the IR and Melette makes the team. Melette is not REAL fast, he actually is kinda slow but he is physical and runs nice routes. Plus probably not noticed but he plays all the ST and does a nice job blocking. I like Thompson more the williams. Wiliams is a very solid ST guy but is avg to below avg as far as a WR. I would like to see T.Smith, J.Jones, B.Stokley, M.Brown, D.Thompson, and A.Melette. I think its time to turn the page with Reed, Doss, Williams.

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