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Titans vs Ravens 2014 Comprehensive Preview: Defense

Breaking down the Titans on defense as they prepare to take on the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Wesley Hitt

Front Three

The Titans face issues in the trenches, mainly in the form of stopping the run, a task they have struggled with this season. The Ravens lack a premier rushing talent, but have none the less been solid, racking up close to 125 yards per game this season. Jurrell Casey will line up against a very underrated guard in Kelechi Osemele, and a likewise situation will play out with Sammie Hill matched up with center Jeremy Zuttah. Ravens O-line coach Gary Kubiak has worked well with keeping the offensive line up to speed, and with LT Eugene Monroe back in the lineup, they have a very solid group. The Titans main task at the first level will be generating interior pressure on Joe Flacco, and anchoring against the run with the Ravens looking to feed Justin Forsett.


OLB Derrick Morgan should have some advantages against RT Rick Wagner, who is fairly green and unpolished at this point, and the Titans will likely rely on a lot on Avery Williamson to play downhill against the run inside. Should the Titans be able to put the Ravens in longer third down situations, the game will turn in their favor. Much of that pressure falls to the linebackers. Pressure needs to come from this group of players to prevent the development of plays down the field to speedsters Torrey Smith and Steve Smith. I'm not confident that Shaun Phillips/Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan can supply that to the extend needed.


As mentioned, the Ravens have tons of speed on the outside, and they like to use Flacco's big arm to put them to use. The Ravens are averaging 26.7 points per game to the Titans 17.1, and despite some notable recent losses, have plenty of firepower to do damage. Coty Sensabaugh will hopefully be back in the lineup Sunday, but the biggest onus will be on Jason McCourty and Blidi Wreh-Wilson to keep a handle on the outside route-runners. Daimion Stafford and, more significantly, Michael Griffin, will likewise have to keep a lid on the defense, and thwart the big play.