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Panthers rolling, at least when without the ball

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The Panthers have figured out a surefire way to dominate opponents this year — let the other team start the play with the ball.

They’ve roared out to a 21-7 lead in the second quarter over the Ravens, after a punt return touchdown by Ted Ginn Jr., an interception return for a touchdown by cornerback Drayton Florence and a fumble recovery for a touchdown by linebacker Thomas Davis.

That gives them four return scores on the preseason (along with a pick-six by cornerback Josh Norman against the Bears). They’ve scored two offensive touchdowns so far, one by their first offense.

The Panthers have sufficient weapons on offense around Cam NewtonSteve Smith, Greg Olsen, Brandon LaFell — along with what would be a deep group of backs if they were all healthy. The problem is, they have a right side of the offensive line that has to be game-planned around, and an untested play-caller in Mike Shula. Whether Newton can overcome those last two factors will determine how successful they’ll be this season.

Unless, of course, they just keep scoring in non-traditional ways.

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34 Responses to “Panthers rolling, at least when without the ball”
  1. bigblu73 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:19 PM

    Kuechely is a BEAST!!!

  2. unbiasfan says: Aug 22, 2013 9:20 PM

    Luke Keuchly looks like a MONSTER out there…I want him on my team

  3. jakec4 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:24 PM

    These Ravens receivers (I guess you call them that) are an honest cause for concern for any Ravens fan who isn’t a complete homer. Flacco has zero chemistry going with any of them.

  4. alcore1 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:25 PM

    Go Panthers!!

  5. stunzeed5 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:26 PM

    Lol @ paying Flunko elite QB money.

  6. laurinaitis4mvp55 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:28 PM

    Superman really is on this team-except he plays defense

  7. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 22, 2013 9:30 PM

    HAHAHAHAHA RAVENS ARE AWFUL!

    WE WIN.

    YOU LOSE.

    SIX RINGS.

  8. cpanthers1 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:34 PM

    Its pretty sad that the defence has more. Touchdowns than offense in the preseason but the d and special teams looking good. Monsters inc making our no name dbs look good like its suppose to.

  9. holeinone09 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:47 PM

    Ravens getting toasted. Flaccid looks horrible. Hangover coming for Ravens.

  10. floratiotime says: Aug 22, 2013 10:00 PM

    As the clock strikes 12:00 the linemen turn into mice and the spell is broken. In the NFL they call that ‘the regular season’.

  11. steelcurtainn says: Aug 22, 2013 10:01 PM

    The ravens 1st team is getting rolled by the Carolina Panthers.

  12. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 22, 2013 10:20 PM

    Isn’t the 3rd preseason game supposed to be the closest to real action? Yikes, raven fans. Welcome to flaccoville.

  13. publius12 says: Aug 22, 2013 10:20 PM

    Writing this post without mentioning Luke Kuechly is a global injustice

  14. joeytorontosucks says: Aug 22, 2013 10:36 PM

    Luke Kuechly single-handedly changed the game he made 3-4 highlight plays.

  15. FinFan68 says: Aug 22, 2013 10:43 PM

    Luke Kuechly is one of the top 5 defensive players in the entire NFL. Phenomenal player.

  16. ndnut says: Aug 23, 2013 12:02 AM

    Did the Ravens “let ‘em off the hook” like the Cardinals did when playing the Bears, losing in the same fashion? Are the Panthers who the Ravens thought they were? Well, if you want to crown the Panthers then Crown their collective hindquarters.

  17. taylorgangtrippymane says: Aug 23, 2013 12:27 AM

    Ha, enjoy it while it last Carolina. The regular season is a comin

  18. jason1980 says: Aug 23, 2013 12:48 AM

    Panthers have a problem, their defense can’t win them games. Cam wants to run the ball bad, and he’s being advised not too. Their coaches know that running QBs is a disaster waiting to happen, a la RGIII. I see maybe 7 wins this season for the Panthers. You’re not ready boys, your division is too tough.

  19. bullethead527 says: Aug 23, 2013 1:35 AM

    WOW

  20. axespray says: Aug 23, 2013 1:38 AM

    So they’re basically the Lovie Smith Bears?

  21. rjkilla says: Aug 23, 2013 1:40 AM

    luke is an absolute beast

  22. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 23, 2013 5:36 AM

    18/24 169 1 2 (pick 6)

    Get used to this stat line ladies. Take away the hail mary, Flacco struggles to be an average QB.

  23. rockthered1286 says: Aug 23, 2013 6:24 AM

    Eh… A little flukey night if you ask me. Joes pick was a missed route by a guy in Doss who will be cut this week, the fumble was caused by Keuchly wrapping Pierce around his helmet and spinning him down, and a bunch of bogus penalties in between. I’m not worried about the Ravens O at all especially when you can look at all 3 turnovers and see backups being the cause of the issues. We’ll be just fine, especially after seeing our rookie wideouts put on a great show!

  24. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Aug 23, 2013 6:47 AM

    Too bad Ginn could not get a punt return touchdown against the Ravens when it mattered most.

  25. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 23, 2013 8:32 AM

    Identifying the weak spots is what the preseason is for. You won’t see those turnovers in the regular season. Joe Cool won’t allow it.

  26. pwebster919 says: Aug 23, 2013 8:48 AM

    Luke is going to be something special.

  27. salmen76 says: Aug 23, 2013 8:55 AM

    Cam Newton is a bust! Plain and simple. He has no sense of urgency. He has zero pocket presence. He has no accuracy. He has no QB rhythm. He won’t or can’t or refuses to go thru his progressions. He lets the events control him instead of him controlling the events. He has no command. He has no confidence in himself or his teammates. He is extremely painful to watch. Not entertaining at all. Yep. He’s a bust. Geaux Saints!

  28. lofty99 says: Aug 23, 2013 9:37 AM

    Can someone tell me what panthers did on offense???

  29. purplereign2 says: Aug 23, 2013 10:11 AM

    Here are the stats I care about:

    <100 rushing
    <100 passing
    0 offensive TDs
    0 TRIPS to the redzone – they never got it inside the 20 on offense.
    3 sacks

    Looks good to me, need to clean up that receiver situation though. Kuechly is a beast, Doss is a flop and needs to get gone.

  30. ravensterps says: Aug 23, 2013 10:51 AM

    jakec4 says: Aug 22, 2013 9:24 PM

    These Ravens receivers (I guess you call them that) are an honest cause for concern for any Ravens fan who isn’t a complete homer. Flacco has zero chemistry going with any of them.

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    Is this your first year watching the NFL? Do you know what the preseason is?

  31. jtbsteeler says: Aug 23, 2013 11:18 AM

    When you played a real offense they rolled you. The Panthers defense rolled you unbelievably last night. I predict Stokely will get his ribs tattooed coming across the middle.

    “That oline was terrible, really terrible” – Wally Williams(fmr Raven), on 105.7 BAL this morning.

  32. jtbsteeler says: Aug 23, 2013 11:20 AM

    Hey Suggs, where are you? Where have you been this preseason? I was waiting to hear your name and didn’t.

    I told you Flacco was going to look terrible.

  33. jtbsteeler says: Aug 23, 2013 11:49 AM

    Christian Thompson. 2012 NFL Bust Wasted pick

  34. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 23, 2013 12:42 PM

    rockthered1286 says:
    Aug 23, 2013 6:24 AM
    Eh… A little flukey night if you ask me. Joes pick was a missed route by a guy in Doss who will be cut this week, the fumble was caused by Keuchly wrapping Pierce around his helmet and spinning him down, and a bunch of bogus penalties in between. I’m not worried about the Ravens O at all especially when you can look at all 3 turnovers and see backups being the cause of the issues. We’ll be just fine, especially after seeing our rookie wideouts put on a great show!

    0 10
    Report comment. Yes it’s preseason, but you are in homer mode already….it’s called denial. You have an excuse for everything….they will be ok but not as great as you think….prepare yourself so you don’t hurt yourself later.

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