The ledger between the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens has been particularly lopsided lately. So to the unsuspecting fan, it'd be strange to see that once again the Ravens are favored in their second playoff matchup in as many years against the Titans. After a tremendous upset of the Patriots in the Wild Card, the Titans held the 2019 MVP Lamar Jackson and the Ravens to just 12 points in a shocking divisional round win last year. The next week in the AFC Championship, they even kept it close to the eventual Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.
These two played in Week 11 where again the Ravens were favored and the Titans pulled off a tremendous comeback to eventually win in overtime. They even have the same record at 11-5. So why does everybody keep doubting these Titans? They've proved this season that last year's playoff run was no fluke as they won the their division for just the fourth time since they moved to Tennessee from Houston. It's just difficult to avert attention for how electric Jackson can be and not to mention that Baltimore has won five in a row.
What TV Channel is Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans on?
Ravens-Titans will be shown on ESPN/ABC at 1:05 p.m. ET. You can live stream NFL Games on fuboTV.
How to Watch Ravens-Titans
When: Sunday, January 10
Where: Nissan Stadium - Nashville, TN
Time: 1:05 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch NFL free with fuboTV)
For how brilliant Jackson has been in his young NFL career, he has the stigma of not being able to rise to the occasion in big games. That may be for good reason. In his two playoff starts he has a QBR total of 21.6. That's tied for the lowest with a minimum of two starts since tracking for that stat began in 2006. That inexplicable ineptitude doesn't stop at the postseason. The Ravens and Chiefs met up in Week 3 and Kansas City absolutely pummeled Baltimore in what was supposed to be one of the best games of the season. Jackson had 97 yards passing and one late touchdown pass, although he had 83 yards rushing on nine carries.
Jackson and the Ravens have bounced back from a brutal November where they went 1-5 losing to the Titans, Patriots and Steelers twice. Jackson was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list at the end of that month but has overcome adversity ever since. The Ravens are putting numbers on the board while holding opponents to 17 points or lower since. The exception was their remarkable 47-42 win in Cleveland which is easily the best game of the year.
The momentum this team has, along with their determination to get revenge on the Titans just might be too much to stop this time around. Besides, this Titans defense just isn't up to snuff especially when compared to the characteristically stingy Baltimore defense. They've given up 78 points in their last two games as they barely beat the 4-12 Texans 41-38 on a late field goal. This Ravens offense will be a tougher matchup than Houston's.
The great equalizer though is King Derrick Henry. Last week he became only the eighth player ever to rush for more than 2,000 yards. He is unequivocally the best back in the league and he makes this offense run. Literally. The Ravens will try to emulate the Packers performance two weeks ago when they beat the Titans 40-14.
To be fair it was snowing like crazy and Green Bay didn't necessarily limit Henry's rushing production as he went for 98 yards. The difference was they were able to shut him out of the endzone. Bend, don't break, should be the mentality for the Ravens this Wild Card Weekend. If they do break, the Titans won't be playing in the snow this time around so this could be a close and high scoring affair.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans Betting Odds
Ravens Odds: -3
Titans Odds: +3
Money Line: Ravens -175 - Titans +155