It was a rainy, nasty day at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. What was already a tough match-up for the Titans offense was made that much tougher by the weather conditions.
Marcus Mariota and the offense struggled out of the gates, to put it mildly. The Titans could only generate 25 rushing yards and 81 passing yards in the first half.
The Ravens, on the other hand, made it look easy early on. Joe Flacco manufactured a 17 play, 94 yard drive in the first quarter, finishing with a pass to Michael Crabtree for the touchdown. Crabtree was the man doing the damage in the first half, grabbing four passes for 72 yards.
Baltimore found the endzone one more time in the second quarter, capping off a touchdown drive with a run from Alex Collins. Their lead was 14-0 over the Titans at halftime.
Coming out of the break, it got worse. Willie Snead converted a couple of big third downs for the Ravens, who barreled their way into the endzone once again. It was Alex Collins finishing off a drive one more time, bringing the score to 21-0.
Marcus Mariota and the offense would get two more chances to do something — heck anything — but nothing was happening against this Ravens front. The Titans’ offensive line was completely over-matched today, which ended up crippling the entire offensive attack. To make matters worse, Quinton Spain exited the game with an injury in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter brought similar results — more punting from Brett Kern.
Baltimore racked up a staggering eleven sacks this afternoon, teeing off on a leaky offensive line and a shaky Marcus Mariota. That’s a new franchise record for Baltimore, by the way.
The Ravens converted 12 out of 17 attempts on third down, which was the story of this game for the Titans’ defense. The Titans converted just one of ten on third down.
Suddenly the 3-3 Titans have huge issues up front — in addition to a banged up quarterback with no confidence — on top of having virtually no playmakers outside of Corey Davis.
Mike Vrabel and Matt LaFleur have a lot to figure out before next Sunday’s trip to London. A matchup with the Chargers feels impossible after what we just witnessed.