Tennessee Titans: Three Keys to Beating the Baltimore Ravens

Well last week in the AFC Wild Card Playoffs, the Tennessee Titans shocked the NFL world by upsetting the New England Patriots. It was the first time that the Patriots had been in the Wild Card Round since 2009. Given the way the Titans were playing, many new this would be a tough game for Pats. Next on the schedule for Tennessee is the vaunted Baltimore Ravens. This comes as another tough matchup. You can rest assure that the Titans will be ready. In saying that, here are three keys for them to win.

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Derrick Henry

Just as in last week’s game, Derrick Henry is going to have to have a huge game for the Titans to succeed. Last week he toted the rock for 180 plus yards on 34 carries. The Titans will look to do the same again this week. That ball control offense will help minimize the big playmaking ability of Lamar Jackson and company.

However, the task will be much tougher in the divisional round against a Ravens defense that finished with the 5th best rush defense (93.4 RYpg) in the league.

Ryan Tannehill

This game could fall into the hands of the QB. If the Titans are unable to run the ball, Tannehill is going to have to throw. In fact, if I were Arthur Smith – Titans Offensive Coordinator – I would come out throwing the football. I have a feeling that the Ravens are going to stack the box against the Tennessee Titans offense thus making Tannehill beat them.

This in itself could be another tough task. The Ravens finished 6th against the pass (207 PYpg). Tannehill is going to have to be at his best on this night.

Titans Linebackers

I select just the linebackers for one reason, Lamar Jackson. Jackson is dynamic with his legs. However, he has not been tested with his arm too much. Therefore, with the right spy technique, the Titans might be successful. This is going to be the ultimate game of cat and mouse. The linebackers are going to have to stay home and play the necessary lanes. If they do not, it will not only open running lanes for Jackson, it will also leave lots of pace for Mark Ingram as well.

The defense of the Tennessee Titans finished 12th against the run (104.5 RYpg). However, they finished 24th against the pass (255 PYpg).

The Tennessee Titans are playing some of their best football when it counts, in the playoffs. They have what seems to be a monumental task Saturday night against the Baltimore Ravens. Nonetheless, if any team could be ready to pull off the upset it is the Titans. The question is, can they? Tune is Saturday night at 8:15 pm EST to find out.

What are your keys for the Tennessee Titans to pull off the upset against the Baltimore Ravens? Leave a comment below.

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