It looks like Steve Smith Sr. got his revenge on his former team with the Baltimore Ravens win over the Carolina Panthers 38-10. It was all Baltimore after Carolina tied it up at seven halfway through the second, as the Panthers were outscored 31-3 the rest of the game. Smith Sr. finished the day with seven receptions, 139 yards and two touchdowns.
It seemed like Baltimore had an answer to anything Carolina tried to, both on offense and defense. The Panthers entered this game with one of the worst rushing attacks in the game and even the return of DeAngelo Williams couldn’t help their cause.
The offense was only able to generate 67 yards on the ground and averaged only 2.6 yards per carry. Cam Newton and DeAngelo Williams tied for the longest run of the day at only seven yards.
Newton did have some success through the air finishing the day 14-of-25 for 197 yards and one touchdown but the Panthers could not sustain drives. After their touchdown in the second quarter, the Panthers had five drives and only one ended in points. The other four drives ended twice on punts, one was a lost fumble and the final one was as time expired.
As bad as the offense struggled, the defense was even worse. It seemed like they were playing on their heels for most of the game and had no answer for Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense. Flacco threw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns.
The reason Flacco was so successful was he had plenty of time in the pocket thanks to a lack of pass rush by the Panthers defensive front. The Ravens’ quarterback was not sacked once and only hit twice.
Over the last two weeks, the Panthers have been outscored 75-29 and things will not be getting any easier as they welcome the high-powered offense of Chicago to town next week. The coaching staff has a lot of work to do between now and next Sunday in hopes to fix their defensive issues.