The Baltimore Ravens come off an extended period of rest looking to avenge their tough loss against Atlanta when they face off against another NFC South opponent: the Carolina Panthers.
If there was any guaranteed road victory for the Ravens this year, the Panthers appear to be it. They have struggled on both sides of the ball and are arguably the worst team in the NFL.
Despite playing on the road, it will likely feel like a home game for the Ravens. Thousands of fans are expected to make the trip from Baltimore to Charlotte for the game, with at least a quarter of the stadium shaded in purple and black.
The Ravens have to be excited to get back out on the field and beat up on a hapless opponent to put the Atlanta game behind them. The Ravens had that game in the bag despite playing so poorly in the first half. It also helps that the Steelers lost last week, keeping Baltimore in first place in the division.
The Panthers have major problems at the quarterback position, so look for the Ravens to try to confuse Brian St. Pierre with a variety of looks. They will also be without both of their star running backs: DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.
The Ravens should be able to move the ball at will on Carolina. It could be a good opportunity for the coaching staff to completely hand over the keys to the offense to Joe Flacco and allow him the freedom to change plays at the line of scrimmage.
Baltimore should have no problem taking care of Carolina, as most of their players are already busy booking vacations for the offseason. The game will be a nice build-up to next week’s home game against another NFC South opponent: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.