Ravens unable to conatin Cam & company, fall 36-21
Final Score: Panthers 36, Ravens 21
What went right:
Unfortunately, not much went the Ravens way in this game. The Ravens put together a nice first quarter drive and went up 7-0 with a punishing Alex Collins 14 yard run. Joe Flacco flashed some scramble ability on that same drive and was able to keep the offense moving. The next touchdown came in the third quarter from Buck Allen with a 9 yard reception, still behind 14- 27.
What went wrong:
The Carolina Panthers had their way with the Ravens on both sides of the ball from beginning to end. The ball seemed to bounce the Panthers way all game and the Ravens could not match up physically on offense or defense.
Defensively, the Ravens were unable to generate any pressure on Cam Newton or contain him all game, allowing him plenty of time to throw to his receivers or have the option to scramble for chunk yardage. The lone interception of the game came on a Panthers two-point conversion attempt that saw Eric Weddle jump in front of the pass for the easy pick. The defense finished the day without a sack and only 5 tackles for loss.
The offense was unable to get into any rhythm and could not matchup physically against the Panthers defense. There were numerous dropped balls, little to no separation and no time to throw due to constant pressure on Joe Flacco. The Ravens were forced to play from behind once going down 14-7, forcing the passing game and also 2 interceptions from Joe Flacco along the way.
Left tackle Ronnie Stanley left early in third quarter after getting rolled up on but did return to the game after getting stretched out with trainers on the sideline.
The Ravens travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers for a chance to keep pace with the AFC North leading Bengals. Sweeping the Steelers will go a long way in helping their division chances, but at the moment, these two teams appear to trending in different directions.
Lamar Jackson took over in the fourth quarter with a little over two minutes to go and threw fellow rookie tight end Hayden Hurst his first touchdown for 26 yards. A possible future connection in the making, both Ravens top draft picks now have their NFL touchdowns.
The Ravens have not mounted much of a rushing attack the past few weeks and Alex Collins appears to be nothing more than a RB3 or flex play at worst…Buck Allen appears to be in the same category and is seeing less each week as far as opportunity…Joe Flacco throwing two interceptions just hurt his streaming QB stock…Willie Snead led the team with 5 catches (11 targets) for 54 yards and continues to finish respectivley in PPR formats…Hayden Hurst scored his first touchdown but was missing in action up until that point, the Ravens tight end position continues to be a committee and should not be looked at as anything more until someone emerges…Justin Tucker did not miss any kicks, probably best part of that game
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