Five Things We Learned from the Ravens' 34-27 loss to the Carolina Panthers
Baltimore Sun reporter Childs Walker analyzes the Ravens after their third preseason game, a 34-27 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
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3( Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun / August 22, 2013 )
The Ravens' defensive front can dominate.
It would be easy to miss given how many points the Panthers scored, but the Ravens starting defense dominated the line of scrimmage.
Though they didn't put a ton of heat on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, they allowed him no big plays. And they gave Carolina's running backs virtually no room. That was a big improvement from the previous week against Atlanta.
Between a healthy Haloti Ngata (pictured) and newcomer Chris Canty, the linemen occupy masses of blockers and give the linebackers ample room to run wild. It's the classic Ravens formula, one fans learned watching Ray Lewis play behind Sam Adams and Tony Siragusa.
If anything, this defensive line is even deeper than some of the classic units from Ravens past, with players such as Brandon Williams impressing when they get the chance.