The former Panthers receiver had seven catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns against his old team.
Smith was easily the player of the game for Baltimore, but the whole offense played well and ripped apart the Panthers’ defense.
Joe Flacco, who finished the game with three touchdowns and a 137.4 QB rating, had his best game of the season. He favored throwing the ball to Smith, but also spread the ball around and finally hooked up with Torrey Smith for a touchdown.
Flacco looked poised in the pocket and aside from a bad throw that could have picked; he looked to be in postseason form.
The running game was impressive as well, as Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro split carries. Both backs were able to break off for big runs and look to have passed Bernard Pierce for the bulk of carries.
One final note from the offense was the play of James Hurst. It’s not easy to step into your first NFL start at left tackle, but Hurst played exceptionally well. The whole offensive line did a great job, but it was a positive sign to him play so well, since Monroe is going to be out for a while.
The defense went back to their bend-but-don’t-break ways, but the secondary seems to be a concern. Cam Newton was able to throw all over the secondary and Matt Elam seemed lost in coverage at certain times.
It doesn’t help that the team is without Ladarius Webb, but the Ravens will have trouble against Andrew Luck, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, etc. if the secondary can’t fix the issues.
A standout on the defense today was C.J. Mosley. The Alabama product came away with 11 tackles and has future Pro-Bowler written all over him.
It was a solid win for the Ravens, as Steve Smith made good on his promise. The Ravens will have to keep up this offensive output if they want to beat the high-scoring Colts next week.