The Tennessee Titans toppled the New England Patriots on the road in the Wildcard round of the AFC Playoffs. Your reward? A date in Baltimore with the Ravens — against the NFL’s likely MVP, Lamar Jackson.
Jackson led the Ravens to a 14-2 record, blossoming in his second year as a pro under offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Now Jackson is tasked with taking that success and translating it to the playoffs.
Baltimore finished the regular season as the second ranked offense in the league in terms of yardage per game, averaging 407 per contest. They led the league in rushing by an absurd margin, putting up 207 yards on the ground per game. The next closest was the 49ers at 144. For reference, the Titans finished the season averaging 138, good for third in the NFL.
The challenge doesn’t stop there, however. Baltimore finished the season with the fourth ranked defense in the league, giving up 300 yards per game. The Ravens have a top five run defense, setting up a fascinating matchup with Derrick Henry and the red hot Titans’ offensive line.
Tennessee ran over New England last week and held Tom Brady and the Patriots to just 13 points. Can they play keep away from Lamar Jackson and do the same to the Ravens? The oddsmakers in Vegas say no.
Baltimore opened as a -9.5 point favorite in this one. That line has since moved to -10. The total sits at 47 points, as of Friday morning. A moneyline bet on the Titans would pay well over 3-1.
While ten points does feel steep, we’ve seen this Baltimore offense roll over teams and wear down defenses all season. The misdirection, RPOs and true run options make this team unique and nearly impossible to stop. Making things more difficult for the Titans is the status of linebacker Jayon Brown, who won’t be able to go in this one. This means Dean Pees will have to get big snaps out of Wesley Woodyard and rookie David Long.
This feels like a game where Baltimore is going to get theirs offensively. The game might just come down to whether or not Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry can keep up.
Are you confident enough to take Titans +10?