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Ravens vs. Titans: 3 Key Matchups to Watch

October 12, 2018 - 5:52 am
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By Joe Schiller

Coming off a grueling 12-9 overtime loss to the Cleveland Browns, Week 6 will be a crucial mid-season test for a potential playoff-contending team.

The Ravens have shown they’re much better than the loss last Sunday but the inability to put away an inferior opponent has raised some questions if this really is a different team from years past.

They’ll have a chance to prove their third straight road game – a matchup against the Tennessee Titans. These two teams met last year and the Titans pulled out a 23-20 victory in an ugly game.

Heading into Sunday, here are three key matchups you’ll want to watch.

 

Joe Flacco vs. Kevin Byard

Byard, an All-Pro safety, got the better hand of Flacco in last year’s matchup. He nabbed two interceptions and added in four tackles. While he’s yet to record an interception this season, Flacco likely understands the threat that’s posed in the secondary.

After failing to find any success down the field last week, I expect Flacco look for John Brown and others on deep shots to open up the offense. He has to take care of the ball and every turnover will prove costly in a game with playoff implications.

 

Corey Davis vs. Ravens’ Outside Corners

On the flip side, the Titans’ offense hasn’t been glamorous through the air this season. They’re only averaging 186.8 passing yards per game but Corey Davis is a threat that must be accounted for.

Davis battled nagging injuries during his rookie season but has been able to consistently stay on the field this season. He leads the Titans in receptions and receiving yards. Jimmy Smith, Marlon Humphrey and Brandon Carr were able to limit Jarvis Landry and should be able to do the same against Davis.


Wesley Woodyard vs. Alex Collins

The reality is that the Ravens can’t expect to win a lot of games when Joe Flacco consistently throws 50+ passes a game. And sooner or later, the run game has to get going. That part of the offense hasn’t lacked quantity but rather quality this season and Collins was held to 59 yards on 12 carries.

Woodyard commands the middle of Dean Pees’ 3-4 defense along with Avery Williamson and is tied for first on the team with 33 combined tackles. It will be two brute forces against each other in the trenches and for Collins to find production, he’ll need to get past a talented linebacker.

Joe Schobert and Jamie Collins had their success last week and with a defensive coordinator who knows the Ravens inside and out, he’ll look to do scheme a similar game plan.