Written by: Joseph Yun
The Nevermores of Baltimore are set to visit the Music City for a date with the newly crowned AFC South champion Titans. Can they finish the job that they left open-ended in the playoffs last season? The Ravens will be seeking revenge for the home loss in the regular season as well. They will be well prepared for an once again surging Derrick Henry. Does Tennessee even have a chance to “contain” a high octane offense for a change? The road team has won the last couple of matchups in this serially fun contest. Much of the same cast of characters on each team remain on hand for this one.
Key Numbers + Info (2020 season)
Record: 11-5 (4-2 AFC North)
Points scored: 468
Points allowed: 303
Avg. yards per rush: 5.5
Avg. yards per rush allowed: 4.6
Avg. rush yards per game: 191.93
Avg. rush yards per game allowed: 108.75
Rushing TDs: 24 for, 12 against
Avg. pass yards per game: 278.46
Avg. pass yards per game allowed: 260
Passing TDs: 27 for, 22 against
Pass Completion Rate: 63%
Pass Completion Rate Against: 64%
Top Rusher: Lamar Jackson (159 attempts for 1,005 yards and seven touchdowns)
Top Receiver: Marquise “Hollywood” Brown (58 receptions for 769 yards and eight touchdowns)
Top Tackler: Patrick Queen (106 tackles, nine tackles for loss, two passes defensed, two forced fumbles, 10 quarterback hits, two fumble recoveries, one interception)
Key Additions: EDGE Calais Campbell, LB Patrick Queen (rookie), RB JK Dobbins (rookie), DL Derek Wolfe, LB Malik Harrison (rookie), WR Devin Duvernay (rookie), OT DJ Fluker
Key Losses: OT Ronnie Stanley (injured), QB Robert Griffin III (injury), CB Brandon Carr, LB Patrick Onwuasor, S Tony Jefferson, DL Michael Pierce, WR Seth Roberts, OT Andre Smith (COVID Opt-out), WR De’Anthony Thomas (COVID Opt-out), P Sam Koch (COVID)
Tennessee leads the all time series 13-12
What Happened In The Last Game?
An overtime thriller that resulted in a walkoff 30-24 victory for the Titans. It was a pitched affair that saw the Titans storm back from a 21-10 deficit in the fourth quarter. Derrick Henry scored the game winner in a winding 29 yard scamper.
Keys to a Titans Victory
- Score at will - This current iteration of the Titans defense isn’t stopping anyone, much less the high powered Ravens so Ryan Tannehill must lead his mates into long and grinding touchdown drives. Fortunately, they have the back to back rushing king Derrick Henry on their side to pull such an effort off. Tannehill is pretty decent at this fourth quarter thing so there’s that too.
- Repeat the 2019 wild card playbook - The defense flustered an usually unflappable Lamar Jackson into making game changing mistakes due to constant pressure in his face in 2019. They won’t have the same luxury this time around as Jackson should be far better prepared as the first game beared out this year. The defense won’t need to channel the 2000 Ravens but a couple timely stops can decide the likely torrid affair. CB Adoree Jackson must stop the speedy Hollywood Brown in order to keep him at bay.
Keys to a Ravens Victory
- Mark Andrews - The Titans have severe issues in the front seven as it was BEFORE Jayon Brown’s unfortunate injury (he was hurt in the first matchup on a questionably dirty play by a Ravens offensive lineman). Andrews is the second leading receiver and one of Jackson’s favorite targets. Expect a heavy dosage against a weakened cover linebacker corps.
- When in Rome(an) - Baltimore has one of the league’s most potent rushing offenses in the entire NFL, they would be wise to use the threat of Jackson running it all over the place. This could be the coup de grace on Greg Roman’s head coaching prospects if he calls a successful game. The Titans did get some reps against him last year and this season so it won’t be brand new to them. Just like on offense, they know it’s coming, the question is, can they stop it? Likely not.
Blitzalytics Prospect Encyclopedia Prospects of the Week
1. LB Patrick Queen
- The Ravens first round rookie has taken to the iconic middle linebacker position made famous by Ray Lewis like a duck to water. He leads the team in tackles and has been a playmaker all over the field. A future great in the making himself. He’s had a great start to his career.
3. RB JK Dobbins
- The second round selection has had a bit of a stumble but finished the regular season with a flurry. He’s a seamless fit for the vaunted Ravens’ rushing attack and an ideal partner next to Lamar Jackson. He’ll get along nicely provided that he stays healthy.
What are the odds?
(all odds are courtesy of vegasinsider.com)
DraftKings has the Ravens as three point favorites at -177 while the Titans are +155 dogs. The over/under has been set at 54.5.
The WestGate Superbook has the Ravens as 3.5 point favorites at -175 while the Titans are +155 dogs. The over/under has been set at 54.5.
William Hill has the Ravens as 3.5 point favorites at -175 while the Titans are +155 dogs. The over/under has been set at 54.5