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Ravens Gear Up For Huge Road Test

October 09, 2018 - 9:37 am






By Austin Medina 

Coming off a disappointing loss to the Cleveland Browns, the Ravens have a much harder game this Sunday.

The Ravens now travel to Tennessee to play the 3-2 Titans. Although both teams have the same records, the Titans are significantly better at home then on the road.

There are a few misconceptions regarding the Titans. Critics could elude to their 13-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills last Sunday. The same team that lost to the Ravens in the season opener.

Tennessee on the road has been abysmal. They lost to the Dolphins and the previously mentioned Bills. They scored nine points in a pillow fight in Jacksonville, a game in which they won 9-6.

Here’s the issue for the Ravens: the Titans have been awesome in Nashville.

They defeated the Texans in a game where Marcus Mariota didn’t play due to injury and Blaine Gabbert finished the game. Then, they hosted the Super Bowl champion Eagles and outcoached them en route to a overtime victory.

The Titans offense has ranked in the bottom of the league and much of that has come due to injury at the quarterback position as well as deficiencies within the skills position. Star tight end Delanie Walker is out for the season with an ankle injury.

Nevertheless, Tennessee is still 3-2. Their defense ranks fifth in points allowed (17.2) and fourth in passing yards allowed (210). One could make the argument they have faced quarterbacks such as Blake Bortles, Ryan Tannehill, and rookie Josh Allen. However there is something about this pass defense that could worry Ravens fans, especially after a rough performance by Joe Flacco.

A bright spot the Ravens should look to expose is the Titans rush defense that allows 123,2 yards per game which ranks 26th in the league.

The Ravens will have to establish the run game early and trust Alex Collins. It appeared that his goal line fumble against the Steelers impacted his performance against the Browns, when he received just 12 carries for 59 yards.

Just to bring it home, don’t sleep on this matchup with the Titans. They are a much better team than the Browns, especially in regards to stopping the pass.