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August 29, 2009

Ravens control first half

The Carolina Panthers were looking for improvement in tonight's exhibition vs. Baltimore, but it would be a stretch to say they've been better than last week against Miami.

Baltimroe leads 14-3 at halftime in a matchup of both team's starting lineups.

Of course, Carolina is playing without running backs DeAngelo Williams (sore knee) and Jonathan Stewart (sore Achilles); linebackers Jon Beason (knee) and Thomas Davis (knee), and safety Charles Godfrey (hand), but it's still been a lackluster performance.

The Ravens lead at halftime by a wide margin in first downs (16-4) and total offense (231-104 yards) and time of possession (18:34 to 11:26).

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had a huge first half, completing 17 of 22 passes for 199 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown to tight end Todd Heap.

Carolina opened the scoring with a 38-yard field goal by John Kasay, but Baltimore came back with scoring drives of 80 and 90 yards.

One bright spot for Carolina was that Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith got his first playing time of the preseason. He caught a 26-yard pass from Jake Delhomme after they were unable to connect on a deep pass of about 40 yards. Earlier in the game, Smith was penalized 15 yards for a facemask penalty after making a 10-yard reception.

Rookie running back Mike Goodson had some solid moments for the Panthers, rushing six times for 15 yards and catches two passes for 22 yards.

Delhomme's highlight was a 31-yard completion over the middle to tight end Jeff King.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on August 29, 2009 at 09:27 PM | Permalink


we don't have a defense

Posted by: sirpurr | Aug 29, 2009 9:39:48 PM

we don't have a defense

Posted by: sirpurr | Aug 29, 2009 9:39:48 PM

I know we have Meeks but we don't have peyton manning to pull our a** out of the fire either!

Posted by: sirpurr | Aug 29, 2009 9:41:59 PM

Mr. Fox, you have a huge job ahead of you.Then again maybe no job if this continues.

Posted by: sirpurr | Aug 29, 2009 9:45:13 PM

"Its only the preseason!"
I wonder what the cry will be when the games count? Because right now "It is what it is" and what it is...is UGLY!!!!!

Posted by: sirpurr | Aug 29, 2009 9:54:13 PM

I wouldnt say they controled the first half....I would say they pretty much dominated. Gamble got picked on bad. He looked like he didnt have much of a clue he was actually suppose to be stopping the guy from catching the ball.

Posted by: Kenny Davis | Aug 29, 2009 9:56:41 PM

WOW we stopped the second teamers!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: sirpurr | Aug 29, 2009 9:59:04 PM

It actually wasnt. Only a QB changed

Rest of their offense stayed the same

Posted by: jake the snake | Aug 29, 2009 10:00:23 PM

and they wonder why Panther fans are never secure about the team! DUH!!!!!

Posted by: sirpurr | Aug 29, 2009 10:00:34 PM

Man, I hate to say it, but I'm tempted to cancel my DTV Sunday Ticket. This team appears headed for one of those rough, letdown seasons that will result in more changes.

I do believe Peppers is overpaid, and I can't believe he will be tagged again next year. I know we'll get healthier and play better in some games, but it seems we've slid backward going into this year. Against very tough teams, we're likely to have a rough record.

Posted by: Mark | Aug 29, 2009 10:01:14 PM

There will be those that come on here and say its only preseason, but the third preseason game is basically a dress-rehearsal for the regular season. The first teame offense has played most of this game and have nothing but 3 points to show for it.

Posted by: Kenny Davis | Aug 29, 2009 10:02:44 PM

Don't get too happy folks....our 1st team O and their 2nd team D in there. I don't understand what Fox thinks he's learning....that we can only maybe score on there 2nd team tells me all I need to know.

Posted by: David Crabb | Aug 29, 2009 10:08:42 PM

down to the goal line and 3 PENALTIES??CHOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: sirpurr | Aug 29, 2009 10:11:02 PM

Uh, this is beginning to look like a really long season.

Posted by: Dtownres | Aug 29, 2009 10:13:20 PM

GO for the D**m Touchdown. We need it.

Posted by: sirpurr | Aug 29, 2009 10:14:08 PM

About time!

Posted by: sirpurr | Aug 29, 2009 10:17:16 PM

Doesnt mean much now

Posted by: Kenny Davis | Aug 29, 2009 10:18:38 PM

Yo Ruck....It's McCOWN, not McNOWN!!!

Posted by: David Crabb | Aug 29, 2009 10:34:08 PM

He doesnt speak very good english lol

Posted by: Kenny Davis | Aug 29, 2009 10:43:41 PM

there is one positive.. Kasay continues to kick'em through the uprights!

Posted by: sirpurr | Aug 29, 2009 10:44:17 PM

and the bloodletting continues on the defense

Posted by: sirpurr | Aug 29, 2009 10:46:21 PM

I was at the game, and it was insane how lame our secondary played against the pass game in this. I dont know if it was the fact Fox does not game plan for these games or what; not to mention how ridiculous it was to have to take a timeout to get the right package in with our first unit in. It was absolutely a waste of time to watch this team play tonight. I was shocked by the lack of plays we had on offense, and not to mention DeAngelo Williams being out. The matter our linebackers were out had nothing to do with the massive passes on the sidelines that Chris Gamble had no part in covering, he was running right beside him, I even watched him. I don't know if gamble does not want to show his skills that he's planning to unleash in the regular season, or whatever it may be, but tonight was the look of a 4 and 12 team with our type of schedule this year. Well... at least we'll have a first rou.... oh wait.. we wont.

Posted by: Derek | Aug 29, 2009 11:06:30 PM

wow, and I have been waiting for this game for 3 weeks at least fox won a challege

Posted by: Scott | Aug 29, 2009 11:07:32 PM

Oh and another thing.. 18 million reasons why we DONT NEED JULIUS PEPPERS is looking at the LACK OF DEPTH we have at all positions on our friggen team right now!

Posted by: Derek | Aug 29, 2009 11:08:12 PM

That 31-yard pass play to Jeff King was sweet. But King appeared just to lie down after the reception. What did I miss?

Posted by: Ignatius Reilly | Aug 29, 2009 11:08:25 PM

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