Ahead of the Titans vs Ravens matchup, the Baltimore team is still seen by the oddsmakers as the main favorite for lifting the Lombardi trophy. Ravens’ next obstacle on the road to the Super Bowl LIV comes in the form of Tennessee Titans. The two will meet on Saturday at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore where more than 70,000 fans will gather around to witness the spectacle. The question is which team’s fans are going to leave the stadium partying?
Knowing that Ravens are coming into this game after winning 12 matches in a row, it’s no surprise this team is the favorite in bookmakers’ eyes, with the odds on Ravens currently standing at -450. In comparison, the odds that Titans are going to win this stand at +350. Still, the Tennessee team was a major underdog in the 1/8-finals match against New England Patriots as well, which they managed to win. Can the same scenario happen in the Titans vs Ravens game?
When: Saturday 11th January 8:15 pm EST
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Maryland
Spread: Tennessee Titans +10 (-123) Baltimore Ravens +10 (+103)
Game Total: Over 47 (-105) Under 47 (-115)
Awakening the Titan Within
It’s a general consensus that the Titans aren’t the very cream of the crop of the NFL. They finished in the 6th place in the AFC, with their defensive record being pretty disappointing. Titans were 21st against the pass and 16th in defensive DVOA in the regular season. With such stats, everyone thought Titans would get destroyed by Patriots in the wild-card game, but then a miracle happened. Titans beat them 20:13 and got themselves a spot among the four best teams in the AFC Playoffs.
Derrick Henry’s vintage performance in Titans’ historic win over Patriots got all the headlines, but this team’s success was not just an individual effort. A team is much more than a sum of its parts and Tennessee Titans might be the best example of this. Their organized defense was what kept Tom Brady at bay, for whom the defeat to Titans might be the last NFL match of the career.
The Titans might have put one legendary quarterback out of the picture, can they do it once again? This time, they will be faced with the man who’s the top candidate for the MVP award, Ravens QB Lamar Jackson.
Lamar Jackson in the Spotlight
Baltimore Ravens finished the regular season at the very summit of the AFC table, with 14 wins and only two defeats. And those two losses happened a long time ago. Ravens have been in a marvelous form, winning everything since October. The man most responsible for this run is Lamar Jackson, who is generally considered the best quarterback in the NFL right now.
Ravens’ QB had a fantastic regular season, setting a record for the most rushing yards made by a quarterback over the course of one season. He also broke the record for the most passing touchdowns in a season. For all these facts, it’s pretty obvious why Jackson is tipped to win the MVP award.
Jackson did have some problems with fitness a month ago after a quad injury. The injury worry is over now, but there are reports of the quarterback coming down with the flu a few days ago. Still, Ravens are confident he’s going to feature in the Ravens vs Titans game.
With Jackson leading the offense, Ravens look unstoppable. Of course, this doesn’t mean that they can’t do without him. Their first-choice QB was out in Ravens’ last game of 2019, but his replacement Robert Griffin III did more than okay, helping the team beat Pittsburgh Steelers 28:10.
Prediction: Baltimore Ravens +10