Carolina Panthers will host Baltimore Ravens in the 2021 preseason game on Saturday evening. The Panthers went to a 21-18 defeat against Indianapolis Colts in Week 1, while the Ravens booked a 17-14 victory over New Orleans Saints. The home side wants to bounce back after losing in the first week of the preseason, while the visitors search for another win to continue their streak.
The Panthers failed to make it to the playoffs last season, as they had a disappointing 5-11 record. They booked only two victories at home and will look forward to much better displays this season. On the other hand, the Ravens reached the quarter-finals in the playoffs before suffering a defeat against Buffalo Bills. They had a slow start into the 2020 season, but six straight wins launched them to the 2nd spot on the AFC North table. The Ravens enjoy a remarkable preseason record, winning 18 times in a row!
Carolina Panthers – Can they improve in defense?
Despite having an 18-10 lead against the Colts, the Panthers’ defensive reserves couldn’t hold off the opponents. Their effort in the 4th quarter wasn’t good enough, and the Colts won that period 11-3 to make it 21-18 in the end. The main reason behind this struggle is that the Panthers rested several defensive starters. Carolina produced 313 total yards but also allowed 427 yards in total. Regarding the defense, Jonathan Celestin had seven tackles, Kenny Robinson made one interception, while Marquis Haynes had one sack. The Panthers need to produce more defensive effort since they gave up 24 first downs besides allowing 300 passing yards.
PJ Walker was the Panthers’ starting QB, while we didn’t see their offseason acquisition Sam Darnold on the field. Besides Darnold, Christian McCaffrey also didn’t see the action in this matchup. Walker had 161 passing yards and a TD, while Chuba Hubbard led the team with 80 rushing yards and seven TDs.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Chuba Hubbard, David Moore, DJ Moore, Terrace Marshal Jr., Dan Arnold, Trent Scott, Pat Elflein, Matt Paradis, John Miller, Taylor Moton
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Marquis Haynes, Derrick Brown, DaQuan Jones, Morgan Fox, Shaq Thompson, Paddy Fisher, Haason Reddick, Donte Jackson, Kenny Robinson, Juston Burris, Jaycee Horn
Quarter Back: P.J. Walker
Kicker: Joey Slye
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Baltimore Ravens – Will their preseason run continue?
The Ravens shine in preseason matches, and they kicked off another one with a victory. This time, they were better than New Orleans Saints, thanks to an excellent 4th quarter. Their defense came up big, forcing six turnovers, while Geno Stone had two interceptions. Stephens had seven tackles, while Queen had one sack. Despite facing the preseason injury problems, the Ravens managed to put a solid performance and make their winning streak running.
The starting quarterback Lamar Jackson didn’t play against the Saints, leaving Trace McSorley and Tyler Huntley split the playing time. McSorley had the most passing yards for the Ravens – 86 – in addition to one interception. Huntley had 79 passing and 43 rushing yards, and a touchdown. Eventually, the Ravens produced a total of 308 yards while allowing 366 total yards.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): J.K Dobbins, Devin Duvernay, Devin Gray, Tylan Wallace, Mark Andrews, Patrick Ricard, Tyre Phillips, Ben Powers, Trystan Colon, Ben Bredeson, Andre Smith
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Derek Wolfe, Brandon Williams, Calais Campbell, Tyus Bowser, Malik Harrison, Patrick Queen, Pernell McPhee, Marcus Peters, Chuck Clark, Jordan Richards, Tavon Young
Quarter Back: Tyler Huntley
Kicker: Justin Tucker
Expert Pick #1 – Carolina Panthers +3.5 @-115
Although the Ravens have been unbeatable in the preseason in the last 18 matches, I can see a value backing the Panthers ATS here, which is my major pick. Baltimore struggles with injuries, especially in the offense, and they might have a hard time moving the ball forward. The Panthers are playing at home, and they might hold the Ravens below a 3.5 margin.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 35 @-110
Due to the fact that the Ravens might struggle in offense, I don’t expect this game to go over a 35 margin. Baltimore should be tight enough to hold their opponents as well, and we could see a close match here. Therefore, my second bet is Under 35 at the odds of -110.
Expert Pick #3 – Panthers to Win by 1-6 margin @+360
I’m going for an upset here, and the Ravens’ streak may come to an end. They will give most of the playing time to reserves, and the Panthers could capitalize on that. However, I don’t see them beating Baltimore by more than 6 points. If you fancy long-shot bets, this might be the right one for you.