The Carolina Panthers are set to travel to MT&T Stadium to take on the Baltimore Ravens for a week eleven matchup. The Panthers come into the game with a record of 3-7 and are tied with the New Orleans Saints for last place in the NFC South. Despite their abysmal record up to this point, the Panthers are still only two games behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for first place in the South. On the flip side, the Ravens enter the contest with a 6-3 and hold a one-game lead over the Cincinnati Bengals for first place in the AFC North.
Carolina Panthers Hope to Pull Off Huge Upset With Baker Mayfield at Starting Quarterback
The Carolina Panthers have embraced the tank this season, trading away a lot of the elite talent they had on the roster near the trade deadline. Despite this, it appears that the front office moves ignited a spark in the locker room and the team has done an incredible job of filling the shoes of the players they traded away. Last week, the Panthers took down the Atlanta Falcons by a final score of 25-15.
This week, the Panthers will start Baker Mayfield at the quarterback position after P.J. Walker suffered an injury that will keep him sidelined this week. Mayfield has a lot of history playing against the Ravens from his time with the Cleveland Browns. Over his career, he has struggled against Baltimore, and there is a chance that history repeats itself once again this week. It has become clear in the past season or two that despite being a number one overall pick, Mayfield does not have what it takes to be a quality starting quarterback in the NFL. No team should feel confident with him leading their offensive unit, especially against a very talented team like the Ravens. If the Panthers’ defense can step up and keep Lamar Jackson contained, Carolina could have a chance to pull off this enormous upset.
Baltimore Ravens Look to Notch Their Fourth Consecutive Win
The Baltimore Ravens have been a tear over the past few weeks. They are looking to close their fourth consecutive win this week against the Panthers, and as long as they do not get in their own way, there is no reason as to why the Ravens should not be able win. Despite not being the best offense through the air, the Ravens currently rank second in the NFL in rushing yards per game. With Jackson being one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks we have ever seen, it makes perfect sense why the averages play out this way. On the defensive end, the Ravens will have to be ready to stop the rushing attack from Carolina. With Mayfield at the starting quarterback spot, there is not a huge threat of an air raid.
Barring the Panthers’ defense pitching an elite performance on Sunday, the Ravens should be able to run the ball down Carolina’s throat and end the game with a win.