It took a miraculous comeback for the Carolina Panthers to beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 7. But there was no need for a rally in Week 8. On Sunday, the Panthers put together their most complete outing of the 2018 NFL season in a 36-21 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Offensively, the Panthers totaled 386 yards and scored 27 unanswered points after allowing Baltimore to score on the opening drive. And they also committed no turnovers while recording three takeaways on the defensive side of the ball. Mike Adams and Captain Munnerlyn tallied interceptions for Carolina, while defensive tackle Kyle Love forced a fumble that was recovered by fellow defensive lineman Vernon Butler.
Not only that, but the Panthers’ special teams unit also did its job. Kicker Graham Gano made all three of his field-goal attempts and also converted his three extra-point tries. Meanwhile, punter Michael Palardy averaged 45.7 yards on three punts, pinning the Ravens inside their own 20-yard line on two of his boots.
Given that Carolina was facing the Ravens’ top-ranked defense, most expected a barn burner. The Panthers were actually 2.5-point underdogs despite playing at home, where they have now won a franchise-record nine straight. But they quickly dispelled that notion by scoring on four straight first-half possessions to carry a 24-7 lead into halftime.
The scoring slowed considerably in the second half, but the Panthers still managed a touchdown and two field goals. As a result, they were able to cruise to a 15-point win that represents their largest margin of victory since a 45-21 win over the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 13, 2017.
Here’s a glance at the three best performances from the Panthers’ Week 8 win over the Ravens.
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