Baltimore Ravens: Three Keys for Beating the Tennessee Titans

Arguably the most anticipated game this early in the NFL 2020 playoffs takes place Saturday at 8:15 pm on CBS when the Tennessee Titans take on the celebrated Baltimore Ravens.

The Ravens are coming off a historic regular season performance by their otherworldly sensational quarterback Lamar Jackson. Jackson’s nickname should be “action” because he led the NFL in both passing touchdowns(36) and rushing yards(1,206) during the 2019 NFL regular season. Despite Jackson’s ungodly numbers, still many wonder how sustainable is his style of play?

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1.) Lamar Jackson

Without question in order for the Ravens to be victorious, Jackson must continue to frustrate his doubters by dominating throughout these entire playoffs. Jackson’s health and arm accuracy remain the top two concerns surrounding him entering this game against the Titans. Despite Titans’ head coach Mike Vrabel, when asked about Jackson said, “He’s the best in the NFL. I’m going to tie both his shoes together. Not many people had much success against him this season”.

My only advice to Jackson with respects to his haters is what “my momma” once told me, “people exist out there holding their breath waiting for you to fail. Make sure they suffocate”. As certain as you are reading this, there will be a couple of plays that Jackson will either be forced or has already demonstrated he can throw the ball down the field to either Pro Bowl tight end Mark Andrews or wide receiver Marquise Brown. Looking forward to seeing the results.

2.) Run Game

The actual health of veteran running Mark Ingram’s ankle is a major concern. Although I am extremely confident that he will play, even if it means injecting a healthy cortisone shot prior to kickoff. What Ingram means and brings to the Ravens is immeasurable. Yes, running back Gus Edwards’s nimbleness has represented an effective changeup to Ingram’s aggression and power, but Ingram is the bedrock of the Raven’s running game. The manner in which the Titans’ running back Derrick Henry annihilated the New England Patriots’ defense last week, it behooves the Ravens’ offense to keep the ball as long as possible.

3.) Defense

The Baltimore Ravens tied the 73’ Miami Dolphins for the most Pro Bowlers in NFL history from one team this year with the selection of 12 players. Pro Bowl cornerbacks’ Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters are going to have to chip in to help minimize the Tennessee Titans power running back Derrick Henry’s impact who rushed for over 1,000 yards in his last 8 regular-season games and rush for 182 yards on 34 carries last week in the AFC Wildcard Playoff game against the defending Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots. Fellow 2020 Ravens’ Pro Bowlers Outside Linebacker Matt Judon and Free Safety Earl Thomas will have to make business decisions the entire game handling the hefty assignment of tackling Henry.

In the end, it all comes down to who wants it the most and who takes care of the football. Indeed, due to Ravens’ dominant regular-season success, the world knows their name. However, all football insiders know the golden rule, “regular season is where you make your name, but it is during the playoffs where you make your fame”. Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens are not just playing football games during these playoffs, they are playing to change the way the game of football is played.

What do you feel are keys for the Baltimore Ravens to beat the Tennessee Titans? Leave a comment below.

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