Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans Betting Preview
A rematch of a playoff game from a year ago sees the Tennessee Titans hosting the Baltimore Ravens in a Wild Card contest on Sunday.
Last season, the Titans shocked the New England Patriots and Ravens, advancing to the AFC title game. The 9-7 Titans used the running of Derrick Henry and a stout defense to pull the two upsets.
Ultimately, the Kansas City Chiefs overwhelmed the Titans in the AFC Championship Game, roaring back from a 10-0 hole to win 35-24.
Unlike a year ago, the Ravens don’t bring a 14-2 record and top seeding into the game. This time around, it’s the Titans who are division champions, while Baltimore is a Wild Card team. What hasn’t changed are the key weapons for both teams.
Henry is still wreaking havoc on opposing defenses, and Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson can take over a game. Baltimore, the preseason favorite to win the Super Bowl, has reeled off five straight wins after a three-game skid.
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Betting Lines and Odds
The Ravens are three-point road favorites, and the over/under is 55 points. On the moneyline, Baltimore is at -180 while the Titans are at +160 at most online sportsbooks.
Even though they had a rough middle of the season, the Ravens are still 10-6 against the spread. The Titans have struggled, going 7-9 against the spread, but they are 12-3-1 on the over/under. Baltimore is 7-9 against the over.
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Baltimore Betting Preview
The Ravens finished the season with three dominating wins, but they came against teams that were a combined 11-36-1. Against playoff teams, Baltimore went 4-4, including a sweep of the 11-5 Browns.
Baltimore’s offense revolves almost entirely around Jackson. He ran for over 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns in 15 games.
Jackson also threw 26 touchdown passes with nine interceptions. He accounted for almost 65% of the Ravens’ offensive production.
As a team, the Ravens rank first in the league in rushing offense by a wide margin. They are also last in the NFL in passing yards, averaging only 172 per game. Defensively, they give up the second-fewest points of any team in the league.
Tennessee Betting Preview
The Titans are among the highest-scoring teams in the league, averaging 30.7 points a game. They’re second in the NFL in rushing yards with 168 per game, well behind the Ravens’ 192.
Henry led the league with 2,027 yards on the ground, an average of 127 per game.
Tennessee was 3-2 in its last five games, with both losses to playoff teams. The Packers beat them soundly, 40-14, while Cleveland also put up a lot of points in its 41-35 win. Overall, the Titans went 4-4 against teams that will be playing in the postseason.
To outscore teams that can put up points on their porous defense, the Titans need to be able to establish the run. The Steelers and Browns were both able to take away the ground game and came away with wins.
Game Preview and Pick
When these teams met in Week 11, Henry rushed for 133 yards, scoring the winning touchdown in overtime. The Titans were able to contain Jackson on their way to the 30-24 victory.
Although the competition hasn’t been that tough, the Ravens appear to be hitting on all cylinders on offense. With a suspect defense, the Titans will be seriously challenged to stay with Baltimore on the scoreboard.
Pick: Take the Ravens, give the points, and bet the over.
Baltimore 31, Tennessee 27