What it means: Parity in the NFL isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In a season where there’s been a lot of talk about how anybody can beat anybody on any given Sunday, the Panthers are proof that’s not true. On paper, they had no chance against Baltimore because they don’t have a legitimate NFL offense. In reality, the Panthers had no chance against Baltimore because they don’t have a legitimate NFL offense. They kept the score relatively close into the fourth quarter, but that was only because Carolina’s defense kept the Ravens somewhat in check.
Hindsight: John Fox decided to start journeyman quarterback Brian St. Pierre straight off the street over rookie Tony Pike. Take away St. Pierre’s 88-yard touchdown pass to David Gettis and his statistics would have been dismal. Could Pike have done any better? Maybe or maybe not. But it would have been nice to find out if the rookie has anything. The Panthers already knew St. Pierre wasn’t the long-term answer, so they gained nothing by playing him.
The countdown: Although there's no chance Fox will remain as coach of the Panthers next season, the team really doesn't want to go the interim route, even at 1-9, this season. However, Fox has taken some shots at ownership and the front office. Another incident or two of that and the Panthers may change their mind and go with an interim coach.
Positive Panther note: For the second straight week, fourth-string running back Mike Goodson rushed for 100 yards. This time, he had 120 against a good defense.
What’s next: The Panthers travel to Cleveland next Sunday.