Ravens dominate for 20 minutes, coast for 40, beat Panthers 37-13

November 21, 2010 | Drew Forrester

actually one of the club’s stronger departments, so it’s not a complete shock that Baltimore’s offense wasn’t able to run and throw on Carolina at will. But when you’re 6-3 and every play matters — and you’re playing a team that’s 1-8 and playing for NOTHING but pride — you shouldn’t be stuck in a one-score game with 10 minutes remaining.

Green Bay didn’t have any trouble at Minnesota today, for example. And Minnesota would beat Carolina 5 out of 5 times. And the Vikings stink.

You figure it out.

Meanwhile, while you’re mulling over how the Panthers can throw a mini-scare into the Ravens, Derrick Mason says his team “has more pressing issues…we have to get the offense going.”

Kudos to Derrick for throwing that in there. At least someone isn’t completely signing off on “a win is a win”.

Understand this: When you win on the road, that’s always a good thing. But when your offense scores two touchdowns against the worst team in the league? I’m not so sure that’s a good thing.

No matter how or why the Ravens needed two late defensive plays to put this one away, the win moves the team to 7-3. That’s all that matters to the Ravens, honestly. They’ll huddle at Owings Mills tomorrow and watch the team’s stagnant second half offensive performance and Josh Wilson getting beat on the TD throw to Gettis and the turnovers from normally reliable folks like Anquan Boldin and Ray Rice — and they’ll have plenty of “coaching” to do this week…but when the dust settles, they’ll just take 7-3 and move on to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday.

If a tie is like kissing your sister, this affair in Charlotte today was akin to rubbing suntan lotion on her back at the beach.

It’s not something you’re entirely comfortable with…