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Josh Norman got a hilarious phone call from Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly before Redskins-Panthers

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Josh Norman got a hilarious phone call from Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly before Redskins-Panthers

If Josh Norman wasn't a cornerback for the Redskins, he could have become a world-class spy.

In a hilarious clip from the Amazon Prime show "All or Nothing" which documented the Carolina Panthers during the 2018 NFL season, Norman is heard talking on the phone with former Carolina teammates Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly, just days before the Redskins and Panthers faced each other on the gridiron. 

After Kuechly and Newton made fun of him for looking "fat," Norman asked the pair, "Hey is [Greg] Olsen playing this week?"

Olsen, Carolina's Pro Bowl tight end, had missed the Panthers' previous three games due to a foot injury. 

"Nope," an unsuspecting Kuechly immediately replied. Oops! 

"Come on, bro. You can't tell. That was stupid," Newton said before the three burst into laughter over the slip-up. 

"Now you've got to tell us something about y'all," Newton said to Norman after they had finally recovered. "You starting at cornerback this week?"

Ouch! Norman had just been benched in the second half of the Redskins' Week 5 loss to the Saints, Newton showing no mercy to his ex-teammate.

However, Norman got his revenge that Sunday, picking off Newton in the first quarter of a 23-17 Redskins win. And ironically Olsen ended up playing, catching four passes for 48 yards.

Maybe Norman wouldn't make that great a spy after all. But in any case, it was he and the Redskins who got the last laugh that week. Newton, Kuechly, and the Panthers will get a chance to answer back when Washington and Carolina square off on Dec. 1. 


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Ravens defense desperate for answers after ugly loss and divisional matchups ahead

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Ravens defense desperate for answers after ugly loss and divisional matchups ahead

The Baltimore Ravens entered their Week 8 matchup vs. the Carolina Panthers as the No. 1 scoring and No. 1 overall yards-per-game defense in the league. 

Despite giving up their first second-half touchdown of the season and 17 points in the fourth quarter alone against Drew Brees and the Saints in Week 7, the defense was still looked at as the biggest threat in the league.

But what transpired during their 36-21 loss to the Panther's Sunday has fans, and the players themselves, questioning what's going on with a team that started their season 3-1.

Veteran Safety Eric Weddle recognizes the issue. "I don’t like to say, ‘We’re alright.' We’re not alright. We just got blasted," the five-time Pro Bowler said after the game.  "We’re 4-4 — an average team. We just got blown out. I wouldn’t say it’s rock bottom, but we have to look at ourselves and get back to work."

Quarterback Cam Newton had more than enough time to throw the ball, finishing the day 21-of-29 for 219 yards for two touchdowns. The former NFL MVP also added 52 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown. Newton found seven different receivers along the way, was sacked zero times and didn't throw a single interception. 

On top of making Newton's job easy, the defense looked confused at times and couldn't get out of their own way, logging several unnecessary penalties. In the first half alone with the score 21-7, the defense had given up more points then their season average of 14.4 points-per-game.

More from Weddle:

For us defensively, they present a lot of misdirection and formations, different plays and was tough to get in a rhythm with them and Cam played an outstanding game. Hit some big throws, extending some plays and I’m sure, as a team you can’t turn the ball over, those types of things to get back in the game.

Now the Ravens head back to M&T Bank Stadium to host the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals in what are quite literally must-win games as the team finds itself staring up at the two in the AFC North rankings.

Quarterback Joe Flacco knows the road ahead won't be an easy one.

I think we are going to feel like that at every single game out. We are obviously not in the most ideal situation possible but we still have eight games left. I feel like we have the opportunity to play really good football.

We just have to make sure to keep the focus on that. I think there is obviously a bigger threat now to let this stuff affect you mentally, let it affect the team and how we are gelling together. So we just have to combat that just by being ourselves and being as tough as we possibly can and go out there and take each game one game at a time and play football like we know how to.

Two losses could spell another missed postseason and many questions facing the organization with a quarter left to go in the season.


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What you need to know from the Ravens' 36-21 loss to the Panthers


What you need to know from the Ravens' 36-21 loss to the Panthers

The Baltimore Ravens entered Week 8 as the No. 1 scoring and No. 1 overall yards-per-game defense in the league. But If you happened to watch Week 8 matchup against the Carolina Panthers, you would have never believed that.

The Ravens' opening drive was the highlight of the 60 minutes. After that, there wasn't much too write home about as the defense couldn't stop Cam Newton and a banged up offensive line never got its footing.

Here's what you need to know from the 36-21 loss. 

— Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's creativity was put on display in the Ravens' opening drive. While it wasn't perfect, it was different. Ultimately the 11-play, 75-yard drive displayed both Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson running for 13 and 17 yards respectively before Alex Collins dodged several Panthers defenders on his way to a 14-yard touchdown.

Oh, and Justin Tucker nailed the extra point. 

— With that creativity came a lot of poorly executed gadget plays. On a third-and-1 with Jackson under center, the QB ran to his right then attempted a pass to a wide-open Willie Snead. What could have been a huge third-down conversion fell short solely because of a bad throw. That play was followed up by a successful fake punt that was overturned due to an illegal formation penalty. The good field position given to the Panthers after the call resulted in a Christian McCaffrey touchdown to tie the game at seven.

— Running back Alex Collins had his third fumble in eight games. That fumble resulted in a touchdown as well. While the Ravens have typically benched Collins after fumbling, their leading rusher was right back on the field their next drive. He was a vital piece of their late third-quarter touchdown and finished the day with 11 rushing attempts for 49 yards and one touchdown.

— Former Maryland Terrapin wide receiver D.J. Moore gave the Ravens defense trouble all day long. The first-round draft pick finished the day 5-of-6 for 90 yards in addition to 39 rushing yards. 

— The troubles for the Ravens defense didn't stop there. With the Panthers threatening in the red zone, safety Eric Weddle deflected Cam Newton's pass intended for Devin Funchess, but McCaffrey was right there ready to make the diving catch in the end zone to put the Panthers up 21-7. The Ravens' No.1 overall defense gave up 21-points in the first half alone after entering Week 8 allowing just 14.4 points-per-game. 

— The Ravens ended the first half in embarrassing fashion. With five seconds on the clock, backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke found Greg Olsen all alone on the left side of the field for a 13-yard gain before running out of bounds. That set up a 54-yard field goal from Graham Gano with two seconds left in the half and the Panthers went into the locker room at halftime up 24-7.

— The defense was unable to lock up Cam Newton for the entire 60 minutes after Eric Weddle described him as a "fast dinosaur" earlier in the week. Newton finished the day 21-of-29 for 219 yards and two touchdowns. He added 52 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown as well.

— A bright spot late in the game was Jackson's 22-yard touchdown pass to tight end Hayden Hurst. The Ravens' two first-round draft picks provided a glimpse into the future as that was Jackson's first touchdown pass and Hurst's first touchdown catch.