Capsule

December 15, 1996

Site: Ericsson Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.

Time: 1 p.m.

TV: Chs. 11, 4

Announcers: Don Criqui and Beasley Reece

Radio: WJFK (1300 AM), WLIF (101.9 FM).

Line: Panthers by 8

Vs. spread: Ravens 5-8; Panthers 11-3.

On grass: Ravens 4-6; Panthers 7-1.

Last week: Ravens lost to Bengals, 21-14; Panthers beat 49ers, 30-24.

Series: First meeting.

Who's hot: Ravens: QB Vinny Testaverde leads the AFC with 29 touchdowns, is second in passing yardage (3,630) and has been named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his 10-year career. RB Bam Morris is coming off his third 100-yard rushing game of the season. LB Ray Lewis leads the team with 123 tackles. WR Derrick Alexander leads the AFC with 1,093 receiving yards. Panthers: OLBs Kevin Greene (13.5) and Lamar Lathon (12.5) rank first and second in the NFC in sacks. ILB Sam Mills leads the team with 122 tackles. K John Kasay has missed only one of 24 field-goal attempts from inside the 40. Michael Bates is averaging 32.0 yards on 27 kickoff returns. QB Kerry Collins is coming off his best game. He completed 22 of 37 passes for 327 yards and three TDs against the 49ers. TE Wesley Walls has nine TD receptions and is headed to his first Pro Bowl. WR Willie Green had seven catches for 157 yards last week.

Who's not: Ravens: RB Earnest Byner, whose role has been drastically reduced since Morris moved into the backfield, did not touch the ball for the first time last week. WR Floyd Turner missed last week's game after pulling a calf muscle in a Saturday walk-through. TE Eric Green has only 15 catches for 150 yards and will probably miss his second straight game with a knee bruise. Panthers: RB Anthony Johnson averaged only 2.1 yards on 25 carries against the 49ers last week. P Rohn Stark is averaging only 41.1 yards per punt, which ranks next-to-last in the NFC. WR Raghib "Rocket" Ismail has four catches in his last five games.

Injuries:

RAVENS: Out: DE Rob Burnett (knee), LB Mike Cald- well (knee), TE Eric Green (knee), LB Craig Powell (shoulder), LB Jerrol Williams (knee). Doubtful: T Herman Arvie (neck). Questionable: C Steve Everitt (shoulder), LB Ray Lewis (hip), WR Floyd Turner (calf). Probable: CB Vashone Adams (thigh), WR Derrick Alexander (shoulder), CB DeRon Jenkins (thigh), RB Bam Morris (knee).

PANTHERS: Out: RB Dino Philyaw (hamstring). Questionable: T Blake Brockermeyer (thumb). Probable: G Brandon Hayes (shoulder), WR Muhsin Muhammad (hamstring).

Key: O-Out. D-doubtful, 25 percent chance of playing. Q-questionable, 50 percent. P-probable, 75 percent.

Statistical comparison:

Off. Def.

NFL RANKINGS, Total, Rush, Pass, Total, Rush, Pass

Ravens, 3, 15, 2, 29, 24, 30

Panthers, 24, 11, 23, 10, 4, 15

OFFENSE, Ravens, Panthers

FIRST DOWNS, 301, 256

Rushing, 96, 81

Passing, 184, 137

Penalty, 21, 38

YDS GAINED (tot), 5027, 4235

Avg per Game, 359.1, 302.5

RUSHING (net), 1526, 1568

Avg per Game, 109.0, 112.0

Rushes, 374, 446

Yards per Rush, 4.1, 3.5

PASSING (net), 3501, 2667

Avg per Game, 250.1, 190.5

Passes Att., 501, 409

Completed, 292, 226

Pct Completed, 58.3, 55.3

Yards Gained, 3727, 2899

Sacked, 30, 34

Yards Lost, 226, 232

Had intercepted, 16, 9

Yards Opp Ret, 288, 36

Opp TDs on Int, 3, 1

PUNTS, 62, 66

Avg Yards, 42.8, 40.9

PUNT RETURNS, 32, 47

Avg Return, 10.6, 11.6

Returned for TD, 0, 1

KICKOFF RETURNS, 76, 42

Avg Return, 20.4, 27.4

Returned for TD, 0, 1

PENALTIES, 79, 82

Yards Penalized, 714, 576

FUMBLES BY, 22, 22

Fumbles Lost, 12, 12

Opp Fumbles, 20, 24

Opp Fum Lost, 7, 15

POSS. TIME (avg), 27: 26, 30: 34

TOUCHDOWNS, 41, 32

Rushing, 10, 8

Passing, 30, 19

Returns, 1, 5

EXTRA POINTS (tot), 35, 31

Kicks Made/2Pt, 30/5, 30/1

FIELD GOALS/FGA, 16/22, 32/40

POINTS SCORED, 334, 322

DEFENSE, Ravens, Panthers

POINTS ALLOWED, 390, 188

OPP FIRST DOWNS, 312, 222

Rushing, 100, 60

Passing, 189, 150

Penalty, 23, 12

OPP YARDS GAINED, 5188, 4192

Avg per Game, 370.6, 299.4

OPP RUSHING (net), 1721, 1278

Avg per Game, 122.9, 91.3

Rushes, 444, 323

Yards per Rush, 3.9, 4.0

OPP PASSING (net), 3467, 2914

Avg per Game, 247.6, 208.1

Passes Att., 474, 488

Completed, 305, 273

Pct Completed, 64.3, 55.9

Sacked, 29, 52

Yards Lost, 142, 329

INTERCEPTED BY, 13, 18

Yards Returned, 142, 222

Returned for TD, 1, 0

OPP PUNT RETURNS, 23, 25

Avg return, 10.2, 6.0

OPP KICKOFF RET, 61, 62

Avg return, 20.4, 20.3

OPP TOUCHDOWNS, 44, 21

Rushing, 15, 5

Passing, 24, 15

Returns, 5, 1

Pub Date: 12/15/96

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