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Ravens vs. Panthers final: No MVP, No stock-up & 2 stock-down

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Baltimore Ravens v Carolina Panthers Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

An ugly game ends with Baltimore dropping another matchup, leaving many to wonder if the Ravens are contenders or just pretenders.

After an impressive rushing touchdown by Alex Collins, the offense collapsed. Whether it was an ugly pass by Joe Flacco, a drop by a pass-catcher or a complete lack of protection, the team stalled out. This left the defense at the mercy of Cam Newton and the Panthers offense, which was not pretty. The Panthers scored 27-straight points.

Finally, with their last drive of the third quarter, Willie Snead IV and Alex Collins got a drive together and it ended with a Javorius Allen receiving touchdown.

In the end, it didn’t matter. The Panthers kept their foot to the pedal and won handily.

MVP: Nobody

Stock-up

Nobody

Stock-down

The Ravens defense — They were ranked #1. They ‘weren’t the same Ravens.’

Well, they just received back-to-back thrashings by the NFC South offenses. Cam Newton and Drew Brees both marched up and down the field at will. The defense produced zero interceptions and one sack these past two weeks.

Brees & Newton vs. Ravens Defense

Player Drew Brees Cam Newton
Player Drew Brees Cam Newton
Comp/Att 22/30 21/29
Comp. % 73.3 72.4
Yards 212 219
TD 2 2+1
INT 0 0

What happened to the four- and five-man pressures? What happened to the turnover creation? The emotion and effort is absent.

The Ravens offense — They’re in shambles. Yes, playing your third-/fourth- string left guard and second-string left tackle isn’t going to make life easy, but you must overcome and figure out ways to still create opportunities.

Overall, the Ravens head home for a three-game home stand. This is where they will figure it out or succumb to four-straight seasons of missing the postseason.