Could ‘Car­diac Cats’ re-emerge vs. the Ravens?

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Panthers Vs. Ravens - BY JOUR­DAN RODRIGUE jro­[email protected]­lot­teob­server.com

Five fear­less pre­dic­tions for Sun­day’s Carolina Pan­thers home game against Bal­ti­more:

1. DIS­AP­PEAR­ING DEEP BALL

Carolina will strug­gle to un­furl the deep ball once again, but it’s a cal­cu­lated move: The Pan­thers have to play to the quick-strike op­tions to get the ball out of quar­ter­back Cam New­ton’s hand faster against a prodi­gious Ravens pass-rush that had 11 sacks against Ten­nessee.

2. JAMES BRADBERRY’S REDEMP­TION GAME

Carolina Pan­thers cor­ner­back James Bradberry strug­gled against Ea­gles re­ceiver Al­shon Jef­frey on Sun­day, giv­ing up two big catches early in the game.

Bradberry has seven passes de­fensed so far this sea­son and has largely been con­sis­tent against some of the league’s top re­ceivers. But he doesn’t have an in­ter­cep­tion yet. This week, he will get his first against Joe Flacco, in cov­er­age against Michael Crab­tree.

3. DONTE JACK­SON VS. JOHN BROWN

This will be a fun bat­tle be­tween Pan­thers rookie cor­ner Donte Jack­son and speedy, ver­sa­tile Ravens re­ceiver John Brown, who put up mon­ster num­bers last week.

One of Jack­son’s best games of the sea­son was when he matched up against the light­ning-fast John Ross and played his shorts off. Brown is more con­sis­tent than Ross was, so ex­pect fire­works on both sides. I think Brown beats Jack­son once, but that’ll be it as the rookie re­cov­ers to play his new best game of the year.

4. CUR­TIS SA­MUEL BREAKS OUT

With vet­eran deep threat Tor­rey Smith ruled out with a knee in­jury, sec­ond-year re­ceiver Cur­tis Sa­muel will have his name called as a weapon on mis­di­rec­tion plays and as a ver­ti­cal op­tion. Sa­muel will fin­ish with 80 yards and a touch­down, but no deep catches as Carolina tries to get the ball out quickly.

5. ‘CAR­DIAC CATS’ DO IT AGAIN

The Pan­thers find a way to help the Ravens stay in it un­til the end, but Carolina takes the win, 24-21.

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