NFL Week 8 Game Preview: Ravens (4-3) at Panthers (4-2)
Baltimore and Carolina had very different experiences in Week 7. One post-game locker room was raucous, while the other was dead quiet.
Baltimore had come back from a two-score deficit to pull within one point of the powerful Saints. All they needed to tie the game with 23 seconds left was the extra point.
Enter Justin Tucker. Tucker was attempting the 223rd extra point of his NFL career. He never missed one. He never missed in college, either. He was perfect in high school, too.
He is perfect no more. Despite the long snapper, holder, and Tucker’s assertion that everything was perfect, the kick sailed wide right, a victim of swirling winds in Baltimore.
Everyone said the right thing to their record-setting kicker. But they were as stunned as Tucker at the turn of events.
Meanwhile, the Panthers scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to shock the Philadelphia Eagles, 21-17. Carolina’s Cam Newton and his teammates practically floated off the field after their unlikely comeback.
Everything that was made right in Philadelphia after an Eagles blowout of the Giants and three quarters of shutout football in Week 7 crashed and burned at the hands of the visiting Panthers.
Injuries and notes:
Baltimore placed defensive tackle Willie Henry on injured reserve with a back injury. Cornerbacks Anthony Averett and Marlon Humphrey are listed as questionable for Week 8.
Baltimore could have bigger issues on offense with center Bradley Bozeman (ankle), tackle James Hurst, and guard Alex Lewis all limited in practice.
Carolina’s Torrey Smith caught a crucial 35-yard pass to convert a fourth-down on the Ravens’ final drive, but he limped out of the locker room with a non-specific knee injury.
Defensive end Mario Addison left the game after taking a knee to his lower back. He does not expect to practice much this week due to stiffness but hopes to play Sunday.
Both are listed as questionable.
Two veteran coaches face off with a chance to lift their teams into first place. The Philadelphia comeback victory is a needed boost for a team who struggled in the two weeks since their bye. Carolina needed a last-second field goal to sneak by the hapless Giants before losing in an upset to the Redskins.
Baltimore’s John Harbaugh has his team in the playoff race in what could be the swan song of Joe Flacco and possibly the end of the John Harbaugh era. With a new quarterback and front office changes on the horizon, the Ravens’ coach could be in a precarious position even if he leads the team back to the playoffs.
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Who will win the Panthers v Ravens game?
Carolina gets the home field advantage, but even that isn’t enough to get oddsmakers to respect their 4-2 record. Baltimore is a 2-point road favorite for Sunday’s contest.
If Carolina can ride the momentum of last week’s dramatic finish, it can pull off the upset. But Baltimore needs the win more and will ride their defense to victory.
Final score: Ravens 16, Panthers 14