Panthers rolling, at least when without the ball

AP

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 Newton — Steve 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.

34 responses to “Panthers rolling, at least when without the ball

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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’.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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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