10/14/18 Titans Pregame
Ravens continue their three-week road trip – this time to Nashville, Tennessee to take on the 3 and 2 Titans. Both the Titans and the Ravens are coming off very tough losses, and are looking to make this the turnaround game to get their seasons back on track. Only one team is going to accomplish that task, and the other team is going to be at 500. The Ravens just played the Titans last year and it was an ugly game for the Ravens as they lost 23 to 20. The Ravens have to avoid another flat offensive performance. They also need to find better balance in their run/pass plays. When Flacco throws for 45 or more times in a game they are most likely to lose. They have to find an effective running game, and they need to find it in a hurry. There are not many road games that favor the Ravens this year but this is one opponent that they should be able to beat. They blew last week’s game against the Browns so this game becomes extremely important to them.
Sunday’s contest is likely to be similar to last year’s game. The Titans have an excellent defense and are very tough against the pass, ranking 3rd in the league so far through 5 games. They are soft against the run giving up 123 yards per game which ranks them at 27th. That said, both the Bengals and the Browns who are soft against the run did a pretty good job against the Ravens. The Titans have an anemic offense and if Baltimore plays smart they should keep them under 20 points on the day. The Ravens defense needs to force a few turnovers which would go a long way in keeping the Titans in check. On the offensive side Coach Mornhinweg is going to have use play action to hold the linebackers in and allow for the tight ends to get some space in the middle of the field. If they can run effectively and work the middle of the field they should be able to generate enough points to win. Play calling in the red zone is going to be critically important because the Ravens can’t afford to settle for field goals – especially when they are playing on the road. Dean Pees, defensive coordinator for the Titans, is a smart coach and he knows the Ravens very well so it will be very interesting to see if he gets the better of the Ravens offense. We will know soon enough. The odds makers have the Ravens by 2 ½ points which I believe they will cover. The over under is set at 41.5 points and I would go under in this game. If Flacco plays well and protects the ball the Ravens should take this one even though it is likely to be close. Should the Ravens lose this game on Sunday, I can assure you that it will be a very long time before I pick the Ravens in a road game. Enjoy the game and stay thirst my friends.
Tennessee Titans hosting the Baltimore Raven on Sunday afternoon at 4:25 pm Ravens by 2 ½
Score Ravens 20 Titans 17
Turnovers Plus 1
Net Rushing Yardage Ravens 120 Titans 100
Net Passing Yardage Ravens 220 Titans 201
• Ravens have 27 carries for 120 yards
• Eric Weddle gets a pick
• Judon gets his first sack of the season
• Refs make terrible calls
Potential Monday Morning Headlines
• Tucker wins the day!
Keys to the Game
• Win the turnover battle
• Score TDs in the red zone
• Stop the run