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August 29, 2009

Ravens 17, Panthers 13 (final)

     Wide receiver Steve Smith returned from his shoulder injury. Defensive end Julius Peppers had his first solo tackle of the preseason. And rookie running back Mike Goodson showed more flashes of promise.
      Other than that, and no apparent major injuries, Saturday's 17-13 home NFL exhibition loss to the Baltimore Ravens didn't provide much good news for the Carolina Panthers.
    Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco picked the Panthers apart, completing 23 of 28 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown before leaving after one series in the third quarter, his team up 17-3.
     Carolina rallied in the fourth quarter, using mostly players who are fighting for roster spots, but came up short.
     The Panthers dropped to 0-3 in these practice games, and that could be a bad omen.
     The Panthers have lost their first three exhibition games three other times -- in 1997, 2000 and 2002, and in each of those seasons they finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs.

Posted by Observer Sports on August 29, 2009 at 11:00 PM | Permalink


Everette Brown and Mike Goodson are the real thing. I really just wish everyone would quit acting like the sky is falling because of our less than stellar performance in the preseason. If this continues into the regular season than you may have something to worry about, but until that happens I just wish everyone would relax.

Posted by: Jody | Aug 29, 2009 11:09:46 PM

Panthers lose their first three preseason games, and Observer Sports is saying this is a bad omen. Are you kidding me. That is one one of the dumbest stats I've ever heard. Teams that win the Super Bowl go 0-4 in the preseason. Doesn't mean a thing.
What could be a bad omen is how bad the D looks so far in the preseason. The Ravens looked like the 2007 Patriots out there tonight. But at the same time, it is just preseason. Starters just don't play as hard in these games. Period.

Posted by: Neil | Aug 29, 2009 11:11:26 PM


Posted by: slickrick | Aug 29, 2009 11:12:45 PM

Booo Teams that win go into the regular season with something called momentum. Thats an awesome thing to have starting the season out when we have a bye week in week 4, dummy.

Posted by: Derek | Aug 29, 2009 11:12:45 PM

Goodsen and Brown are scary! D-line is the week link. Jake showed promise but then again its Jekyl and Hyde with him and S.Smith is going to bail us out for a few wins. I think this is Jarrets year

Posted by: bigguns | Aug 29, 2009 11:17:39 PM

Just as i said defense sucks,they looked very slow .Ray Rice made them look even slower,and he's not the best back they will face this year.But hey it is preseason.

Posted by: dee gray | Aug 29, 2009 11:19:40 PM

The more the homers never realize we're not the same team, the harder it will be to get some change

Posted by: jake the snake | Aug 29, 2009 11:20:32 PM

knuckleheads, news flash......
Super Bowl winning teams starters don't go 0-4. This team is in trouble. Only the most naive of fans couldn't see that

Posted by: sid smith | Aug 29, 2009 11:21:55 PM

Quick, I need one of the Delhommers to remind me how much of a great QB he is again. People that refuse to believe he's a bad QB remind me of people that refuse to believe in global warming. Always reverting back to 03 when neither bad Jake or global warming existed. Although scientifical evidence is available to prove otherwise, they refuse to believe.

Posted by: Rudeboyardee | Aug 29, 2009 11:25:34 PM

For all the morons proclaiming it's the end of the world take a look at the Colts, they never win in the preseason and somehow they manage to win 12 games every year, also the Lions went 4-0 in the preseason last year, anyone remember what happened in their regular season?

Posted by: Jody | Aug 29, 2009 11:30:02 PM

Kenny Moore continues to impress. He runs good routes, gets open, and catches everything. This team needs quality receivers to team with the quality runners. If the defense continues to miss tackles, the offense will need to score a lot of points. Kenny Moore seems to be one piece of the puzzle to make the offense work.

Posted by: Terry Brooks | Aug 29, 2009 11:31:54 PM

we can't even pull out a win against other teams practice squads...here it comes: we never had back to back winning seasons

Posted by: Letha | Aug 29, 2009 11:33:09 PM

Hey gayboyardee, Delhomme played pretty well tonight, did you watch the game?

Posted by: Jody | Aug 29, 2009 11:33:11 PM

Yea how ironic. Comparing to a team who never had a good defense, the team who had that same defensive coordinator is now ours

And unlike the Colts, they're consistent. Panthers aren't. Gotta come better than that

Posted by: jake the snake | Aug 29, 2009 11:34:58 PM

Mark my words right now. Fox will be out of Charlotte by week 10. Our starters look as if they are walking around the mall. No fire at all. Fox has lost these players. We will be lucky to win 5 games this year. BOOK THAT.

Posted by: Fire-Fox | Aug 29, 2009 11:35:27 PM

I am a die hard fan, and I will admit that his is going to be a bad season. Not because the preseason is going bad, but because this team did nothing to improve. The NFL is not college, you can't come in with the same exact team and expect to do better....especially a team that got killed by the Cardinals. This team is not doing bad because they lost kemo, there doing bad because at the end of last season they were scored upon at will and it is the same defense.

Posted by: Roy Smith | Aug 29, 2009 11:35:29 PM

I'm sorry It's going to take more than Jon Beason to revive this defense.

Posted by: Rob | Aug 29, 2009 11:36:02 PM

goodson look good, everette brown did okay, smith is back, jake finally made some good plays at the end, but ovwerall the defesne is in trouble..a potential good offense, but bad defense, my prediction 8-8..maybe 9-7 with a little luck..

Posted by: tim | Aug 29, 2009 11:36:29 PM

You fair weather, bandwagon queers make me sick. Why do you even follow sports if you have such a negative outlook?

Posted by: Jody | Aug 29, 2009 11:36:54 PM

The Fox Charlotte coverage was abysmal. How many times did those guys keep talking about a great Panther play and ignore the fact that the refs were calling it back in the process? Jason Barker? Who is that? How about Jason Baker. Also, congrats to the producers for showing Mr. Richardson dozing off and refusing to switch to another camera shot. Awful...

Posted by: Stewart | Aug 29, 2009 11:37:01 PM

The Panthers offense will probably be alright - Kenny Moore looks like he might emerge as a solid contributor. But oh that defense...it's painful to watch. Who the heck thought that paying Gamble like an elite CB would cause him to play like one? He's still just the same airheaded screw-up he's always been. No hope for this defense - they're gonna be even worse than last year.

Posted by: Wayne D | Aug 29, 2009 11:38:22 PM

Hey little snake what the hell are you talking about? I chose the Colts because they rarely ever win in the preseason, not because of Meeks. Are you really as stupid as your comments make you sound?

Posted by: Jody | Aug 29, 2009 11:41:36 PM

Being real isn't negative. Nobody WANTS the Panthers to fail. We want our team to succeed. But we're not going to see here and not point out their obvious flaws that will keep us from getting the promise land

Our team has changed a whole lot and not for the great

Posted by: jake the snake | Aug 29, 2009 11:41:50 PM

How did my comment sound stupid

You obviously chose to skip over everything. Cause I clearly said Colts are consistent, and the Panthers aren't. That's a fact

I just pointed out another fact that their defense was never good. Led by someone who now leads our defense, which isn't looking good. Either way, its still on Fox

Posted by: jake the snake | Aug 29, 2009 11:44:23 PM


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