Matchup Edge

Nfl Week 1

Panthers 10, Ravens 7

September 09, 2002|By Jamison Hensley

Ravens rushing vs. Panthers -- PANTHERS-- run defense The Ravens' Jamal Lewis ran for 53 yards in the second half, but he was not a factor most of the game. Of his 17 carries, 10 were for 1 yard or less. Lewis, though, isn't to blame. There were several times he ran into the backs of his offensive linemen because there was no hole.

Ravens passing vs. Panthers -- RAVENS -- pass defense When quarterback Chris Redman was given time in the pocket, he hit his receivers against a ragged Carolina secondary. In the Ravens' only touchdown drive, he connected on all six of his passes and made a fine throw to Ron Johnson for the score. Redman, though, missed Johnson deep on a potential touchdown throw in the third quarter, and receiver Travis Taylor, who sprained his shoulder, disappeared again.

Panthers rushing vs. Ravens run defense -- PANTHERS -- The defensive front of Kelly Gregg, Maake Kemoeatu and Tony Weaver had trouble shielding blockers, and the Ravens struggled in containing the outside runs. It was embarrassing when Nick Goings took a pitch to the right and converted a third-and-eight in the second quarter. And when the Ravens were in position, they missed tackles. The Panthers took it right at the Ravens, running 36 times and passing only 19.

Panthers passing vs. Ravens pass defense -- PANTHERS -- Carolina quarterback Rodney Peete threw for only 136 yards but would have produced more if he had a better arm to hit open receivers. Muhsin Muhammad twisted cornerback Chris McAlister around a couple of times with fakes, and Steve Smith took advantage of the big cushion given by cornerback Alvin Porter.

Special teams --PANTHERS -- The Ravens' Matt Stover missed a 47-yard field-goal attempt - the possible game-tying try in the third quarter - and Dave Zastudil averaged 36.3 yards on six punts. The Panthers' John Kasay converted a 27-yard field goal and Todd Sauerbrun averaged 42.4 yards on seven punts, including three inside the 20-yard line. The Ravens' return game was weak, as their average drive started at their own 24-yard line.

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