The wild-card games are over, and now we know which teams will be battling against each other on the divisional round this weekend. This includes an unexpected clash between the Ravens and the Titans after the Titans took down the Patriots! These two will be playing each other at M&T Bank Stadium, in what is going to be the 24th meeting between Baltimore and Tennessee, with the Ravens leading this series 12-11.
This is also the fourth time these two face off in the postseason, with their latest regular-season meeting coming on October 14, 2018, a victory for the Ravens. Their last playoffs clash was on January 10, 2009, with the victory also going for Baltimore.
Ravens vs. Titans Matchup
The Titans’ victory over New England meant the end of a dynasty, and now they will be facing the quarterback that is set to become the replacement of Brady as the crowds favorite: Lamar Jackson.
But a victory of the Ravens is not secured, especially now that Ryan Tannehill is playing at an elite level. Tennessee will face their biggest challenge of the season in Baltimore, the team with the best offense, complemented by one of the top defensive lineups in the NFL.
The Ravens have a significant advantage: they are coming to this game after resting for a full week. This can be count almost as two weeks off, as Baltimore gave their starters the day off on Week 17.
Offensively, the Titans will do what they do best: focus their strategy on Derrick Henry, meaning that they will center on the rushing game. When it comes to their passing tactics, AJ Brown, Jonnu Smith, and Corey Davis will doubtlessly become the top targets for Tannehill.
The clash in the secondary can be quite interesting as Baltimore is very solid, having allowed just fifteen passing touchdowns during the regular season. The Ravens are also the team that allowed the second-lowest catch rate in the league. Now, just as Henry is the focus of the Titans, Lamar Jackson is the focus of the Ravens.
Jackson, a favorite to earn the MVP honors this year, finished the regular season with 43 completed touchdowns and compiled 1,206 yards.
There’s good news for Baltimore fans, as Mark Ingram, the other vital piece on the Ravens’ ground offense, is expected to suit up for this game as he has already overcome a late-season calf injury.
Ravens vs. Titans Betting Odds Breakdown
As stated above, it’s Baltimore, the ones that lead this series 12-11, having won 3 of the last five contests in the series.
Tennessee is currently 9-7-1 ATS this season, and this includes a 6-3 record as a road team.
Also, the OVER is 10-7 in games played by the Titans this season, including a 5-4 away record.
When it comes to the Ravens, the team is 10-6 ATS during regular-season games, including a 4-4 home record.
So, do you think Tannehill and Henry can defeat a solid team such as the Ravens, led by a game-changer such as Lamar?
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