Not sure what to take away from Thursday night’s game between the Ravens and Carolina Panthers. The Ravens made too many mistakes, but they looked better on offense and pretty stout on defense.
Even though the Panthers scored a ton of points – largely because of four return touchdowns – the Ravens held Cam Newton and the Carolina offense to an average of barely three yards per play. Chalk that up to a much more coherent pass rush and run defense.
One of the things that really stood out, however, was the number of borderline personal foul calls during the course of the game. The officials dropped 15s on several players for hits that might have been overlooked last season, including a 15-yard assessment against Matt Elam for a late-but-light hit on tight end Greg Olsen in the third quarter that caused the crowd to break out in a rude chant.