After a few days of rest to lick their wounds from the deflating loss in Atlanta, the Ravens head south again to face the lowly Carolina Panthers. Maybe this games comes at a good time for the Ravens to correct their woes in the secondary and the ineffective pass rush, but this game may have a “trap” feeling of sorts as did their contest against the Buffalo Bills. Playing against a quarterback that was laying up on the couch being a stay at home dad, this game should have endless opportunities to fine tune their engines.
No game is easy in this League, but there could be an argument that this should be an easy contest for the Ravens. The Panthers are unfairly limping into this “practice” short on fire power at quarterback and no running game, with players suffering from injuries. The Panthers went and knocked on the door of stay at home dad, Brian St. Pierre, and asked him to put down the diapers and cancel his daddy day care duties for a nice little game of football. St. Pierre was a sixth round draft pick who has only thrown 5 passes in 8 seasons. We can only hope that the Ravens and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison will just go all out and put on display what they have been working on for 10 days. The season’s sack totals should increase as Panthers G Travelle Wharton is out with a toe and the Ravens run defense should hold the Panthers to below the century mark as DeAngelo Williams infected the team with the injury bug as backups Jonathan Stewart and Tyrell Sutton are out as well. Can it get any worse for the Panthers?
Why yes it can! Not only are the defensive woes in need of fixing in this game, the Ravens’ offense must get off to a hot start. It’s high time Cam Cameron get back to Ray Rice and his running game. Rice has only hit the century mark once this season and has not carried over 22 times in a game. Maybe his early injury affected his game, but if the Ravens are to get on point offensively Rice must be a factor. This should open up the game for Joe Flacco to make some long passes to his wide receivers. There might be some shuffling of players in Flacco’s protection as Tubby on the Line to the right, G Chris Chester, is questionable with a skin infection. Regardless, the Ravens are far superior on offense to not score and score often.
If the Ravens take their frustrations from the Atlanta game out on the Panthers, they should leave Carolina with a victory. But what is most important is to see a fast start and a pass rush making St. Pierre miss his daddy carpool duties.
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Written by Lea Anderson