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Can the Titans rebound?

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Titans fell victim to the classic trap game, just as I (and everyone else in the world) warned in last week’s odds post. You could see it coming a mile away. The funny thing was, Marcus Mariota found a way to win that game, until Nick Williams dropped one of the easiest catches you’ll ever see.

Tennessee fell just short, racking up mistakes, missed tackles and turnovers. Now sitting at 3-2, the Titans are set to welcome an old rival in Nashville.

The Baltimore Ravens are up next, fresh off of a loss to the Cleveland Browns in overtime. Just one week before, the Ravens beat the Steelers by two touchdowns in Pittsburgh.

Both Tennessee and Baltimore enter this one at 3-2, each needing to bounce back into the win column. Despite this game being played in Nashville, the Ravens opened as two point favorites for Sunday’s game. That line has now moved to Baltimore -3. The total is set at 41.

Key Matchups: John Brown vs. Malcolm Butler, Corey Davis vs. Jimmy Smith

The Titans have to find a way to make big plays in the passing game, especially with Baltimore’s fifth ranked rush defense in town. The only problem with that is Corey Davis is the one consistent threat on the team. Other teams know that, so he’s going to attract a lot of attention going forward. Davis is going to have to win some reps against Jimmy Smith, who returned to the Ravens last week.

On the other side, Malcolm Butler has been an issue deep, giving up a handful of touchdowns already this season. Baltimore now has John Brown, who fits the profile of the guys that have given Butler issues all year long. Brown leads the team with nearly 400 yards receiving. Keeping him contained will go a long way towards a Titans win.

The Pick

The NFL is ever-changing. What was true last week can be false this week. I’m not getting too caught up in what we saw in Buffalo. Every time it seems like this Titans group has a tough matchup, they’ve responded and passed with flying colors. Give me Tennessee +3 at home.