Game Recap: Ravens 38, Panthers 10

Stay away from M&T Bank Stadium for a few days. There's blood and guts everywhere.

And it didn't come just at the hands of Steve Smith Sr.

Smith vowed carnage against his former team when the Panthers released him. He delivered, and got some help from his teammates.

Smith led an attacking Ravens offense to a 38-10 victory Sunday in Baltimore.

The Ravens put up 454 yards of total offense. Joe Flacco went off with 327 passing yards and three touchdowns and Torrey Smith finally got into the action, too.

It's the Ravens' most-lopsided win since Week 1 in 2012, when they beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 44-13. Baltimore had five touchdown drives of 80, 80, 68, 80 and 80 yards.

"It would be great to be able to play like this every week. I think that we have the ability to do it," Flacco said.

Let's not kid ourselves. This game largely centered on Smith Sr.

Smith Sr. finished with seven catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns. He had five catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone, getting the offense jumpstarted.

His first touchdown came on a pass intended for tight end Owen Daniels. It tipped off Daniels' fingertips and Smith was in the right spot at the right time, hauling it in for a 61-yard score.

"It's one of the craziest plays you'll see, but I'll take it," Flacco said. "Once you throw that first touchdown pass, it's your day."

Smith's second touchdown came when a low snap was fumbled, but Flacco was able to scoop it up and quickly lob it to the back of the end zone. Smith fought off the Panthers cornerback to make a diving catch.

The Ravens offense, hampered by injuries to left tackle Eugene Monroe (knee) and tight end Dennis Pitta (hip), didn't show any ill-effects.

Rookie undrafted tackle James Hurst held his own, Flacco wasn't sacked a single time for the third straight game and the running game still thrived with 127 yards on the ground.

"Well, I didn't notice [Hurst], so that must be a good thing, right?" asked Harbaugh. "I can't wait to see it on tape, but it seemed like he played well."

Sandwiched between Smith Sr.'s two first-half touchdowns was an 11-yard touchdown by running back Justin Forsett, in which he bounced off defenders and ran away from multiple tacklers.

The Ravens have a trio of running backs with Forsett, rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro and Bernard Pierce. Forsett got the start and the lion's share of the carries early on. He finished with 14 carries for 66 yards and the touchdown.

"I know I'm not the goal-line back, so any opportunity I get to score, I've got to get in there," Forsett said. "I've been playing this game for a while, and for the [run game] to be doing this well this early, it's a good sign."

The Panthers' only touchdown came when wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was wide open for a 28-yard touchdown. It appeared that safety Darian Stewart didn't pick up Benjamin after cornerback Jimmy Smith released him in zone coverage.

That score tied the game at 7-7, but Baltimore pulled away from there.

Torrey Smith, who had just six catches for 85 yards in the Ravens' first three games, hauled in his first touchdown of the season, a 29-yarder down the left sideline in the third quarter that gave the Ravens a 28-7 lead. He finished with two catches for 53 yards.

"It felt kind of like breaking the ice, and I look forward to more," Torrey Smith said.

The Ravens continued the assault, driving back down the field and scoring on a 1-yard plunge by Taliaferro in the fourth quarter. Taliaferro carried the load in the second half and finished with 15 runs for 58 yards and a score.

Kicker Justin Tucker tacked on a 38-yard field goal to end the scoring.

The Panthers ended the game with backup Derek Anderson at quarterback. Baltimore's defense held Cam Newton to under 200 yards passing, sacked him twice and forced and recovered one fumble. Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs got his first sack of the season.

"It seemed like we did well with [the pass rush]," Harbaugh said. "I thought we got good pressure inside, too. You have to with Cam Newton. He got out a couple times too. But he made some really great throws with guys in his face."

Baltimore has now won three-straight games after a season-opening loss against the Cincinnati Bengals. They end the first quarter with a 3-1 record, on pace for a 12-win season. Due to Pittsburgh's loss, the Ravens sit alone in second place.

The Ravens are about to embark on a road stretch, where four of the next five games will be away from M&T Bank Stadium. As such, Harbaugh stressed the importance of getting Sunday's victory.

"To step up like they did, in a really important game at home, a game that we needed to win," Harbaugh said. "We're about to head on the road, we're about to be the road warriors here for a while. And that becomes a very important game to win."

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