Ravens Demolish Panthers. Senior Has His Revenge.

Featured, Sports and Bets — September 28, 2014 at 10:23 pm by

I’ll bet the Panther’s G.M., Dave Gettleman, feels a little like Commodus did when the Spaniard showed his true identity in the movie, Gladiator…..

That’s right Gettleman, Steve Smith Senior isn’t an old washed up football player who doesn’t even average 12 yards a catch. (11.8 yards per catch his last year in Carolina.)  No sir, the reality is that Smith is a fast and physical defensive coordinator’s nightmare, who just shredded your secondary to the tune of 7 catches for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns.

There’s no way that Gettleman won’t get his brains beat in by the Carolina football media this week.  Oh well, his loss is Ozzie’s gain.  No doubt about it, Steve Smith is an absolute beast.

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What was funny about today was that the Ravens’ offense was fueled by Smith and another NFL cast-off, Justin Forsett.  Smith was probably released due to his advanced age, but Forsett is a bonafide journeyman.  The guy spent last year in Jacksonville and carried the ball six times.  He’s been a career back-up- playing in Indianapolis and Houston and Seattle.  Now he finds himself in a prominent roll on a top ten NFL offense.  (How weird does that ranking sound?  But it’s true!)  Forsett has great balance, speed, and he’s more than capable of breaking tackles.  After watching him Sunday, it seems insane that this guy was never given a chance to play more in this league.

Sunday, Flacco teamed up with these two misfits to pummel the Carolina defense into submission.  The second quarter was extremely impressive for the Ravens’ group of “has-beens”.  Flacco “hit” Smith Sr. on a 61 yard tipped ball touchdown to get the party started.  (Owen Daniels tipped the ball and Smith snatched it out of the air and took off to the house.)  After a Carolina TD, the Ravens would score touchdowns on back to back possessions, the first an 80 yard drive capped off by a tough 11-yard Forsett score, and the second score another TD from Flacco to Smith.  On that one, Flacco bobbled the snap but simply grabbed the rock, popped up, and threw a perfect pass to a diving, and interfered with, Smith.  At that point it was 21-7 Ravens, and the game felt over.  That’s how dominating the Ravens were in the second quarter.

And the game was over.  Carolina couldn’t recover.  The Ravens’ defense played well, getting decent pressure on Cam Newton and stuffing the Panthers’ run game.  And the Ravens offense kept humming.  Flacco was 22-31 on the day for 327 yards and 3 TDs.  He hit seven different receivers on the day and looked in complete command on the field.  This system is fitting him like a glove.

It was a dominating and fun performance by the Ravens.  38-10 is a slaughter. Let’s hope they carry it forward to Indianapolis next week.

Other Game Notes

Welcome back Torrey Smith!  Smith caught 2 balls for 53 yards and a touchdown.  He also drew two big pass interference flags on double-move routes that would have burned Carolina for two more big plays.

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Marlon Brown caught 3 passes and looked good working underneath in 3-receiver sets.  His presence is huge, especially with the Dennis Pitta injury.

Owen Daniels caught four passes and looked sharp.  Even on tipped balls he didn’t catch.

CJ Mosley had seven tackles.

Elvis Dumervil has 1.5 sacks.

Beast-Lo Taliaferrro made a nice battering ram in the second half, bludgeoning an already beleaguered defense for 58 yards and a score.

The talk tonight and Monday will be all about the skill players, but the offensive line should get the game ball.  Flacco wasn’t sacked and the running backs averaged 4.2 yards per rush.  The big dudes always make it happen.  Marshall Yanda absolutely destroyed Luke Kuechly on Forsett’s touchdown run and Jeremy Zuttah and K.O. are combining with Yanda to make one of the best interior lines in football.  Rick Wagner is playing great football and is a road grader in the run game.  And how about James Hurst?  The undrafted rookie free agent stepped in for the injured Eugene Monroe and played very well.  Gotta give it up for the kid, his playing well is a huge deal and an absolute luxury for this football team.

I can’t wait to see this team play in Indy next week.

 

cover pic: newsobserver

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