The Ravens come into this game as perhaps the best team in the NFL. At 14-2 they have the best record in the NFL and home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The Ravens haven’t lost a game since September, and in their last 10 games, all victories, the Ravens have won eight of them by double digit margins. In short, the Ravens have been utterly dominant, destroying opponents. Nobody knows how to stop the Ravens’ Lamar Jackson led offense, and throw in one of the best defenses in the NFL and you have an almost unstoppable juggernaut.
The Tennessee Titans come into this game fresh off a huge upset victory on the road against the New England Patriots. The Titans offense is led by Derrick Henry, the NFL’s leading rusher with 1,540 yards. At 6’ 3” and 247 pounds, Henry is a punishing runner with enough speed to break away in the open field. He may have some rough sledding against a Ravens defense ranked fifth in the NFL in yards allowed, though a pedestrian 4.4 yards per carry mark against the Ravens gives Titans fans some hope. The Titans passing game is led by Ryan Tannehill, who finished the season with the highest passer rating in the NFL. Tannehill was overmatched last week against a superb Patriots pass defense, and although the Ravens’ pass defense is not quite as good, Tannehill might still be in for a rough day. The Titans likely will not be looking to put the game on Tannehill’s shoulders, opting instead to run, run and run some more in an effort to keep Lamar Jackson off the field.
On paper this game looks like a mismatch, with the Ravens a better team in pretty much every way, along with having the home field advantage. A Ravens blowout is a distinct possibility, but you never know for sure. Sometimes underdog teams get hot at just the right time; the Titans hope that’s them this year. It’s the Ravens and the Titans in the Saturday night game on the best weekend in the NFL season. Enjoy the game everybody.