AFC WILD CARD PREVIEW
#5 RAVENS AT #4 TITANS
SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 AT 1:00 ET
LINE RAVENS-3.5 O/U 55
WRITTEN BY MICHAEL BARON
This what playoff football is all about. Lamar Jackson and Derrick Henry. Without a doubt, two of the league’s most explosive offenses. There are a lot of questions to be answered. Do the Titans have another deep playoff in them? Has Jackson overcome his midseason slump? Can he finally win a playoff game? Do the Titans have the Ravens number after last year’s playoff upset and their 30-24 win in Week 11?
Here’s what we do know. Derrick Henry smashes everyone and Ryan Tannehill proved his late-season surge in 2019 was no fluke. They also have two studs a receiver in A.J. Brown and Corey Davis. The defense is to say the least, suspect, while special teams have let them down several times as well.
The Ravens season started strong at 5-1 and then were completely hampered by Covid, which led to some major mid-season struggles. They do go into the playoffs having won three in a row by a combined score of 80-30.
Both team’s greatest strengths are their rushing attacks, with the Ravens #1 and the Titans #3 in the league. The Ravens also have the league’s best special teams and probably the best kicker ever, Justin Tucker.
The Titans biggest weakness is the inability to rush the quarterback, while Lamar Jackson’s biggest weakness is the ability to throw towards the sidelines.
This looks like a great, high scoring match-up but who wins? For any questions regarding this match-up, call me directly at (805) 329-5393.