The big storyline for this game is the Baltimore Ravens’ wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. going up against his former team Carolina Panthers, who cut him this past offseason. This isn’t necessarily extra motivation for the Panthers to win this game but they need to be aware that Smith Sr. will be playing with even more emotion than normal. They can’t get sucked into his game.
Even though the Panthers will get DeAngelo Williams back this week, the team is going to need Cam Newton to have a big game. The Ravens defense is strong against the run, giving up only 87 yards per game, but has struggled against the pass, giving up 264 yards per game.
This should be a close game but the Panthers have the advantage in the passing game. This will be the deciding factor and I believe the Panthers move to 3-1 and stay atop the NFC South.
Prediction: Panthers 24, Ravens 17
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