Baltimore Ravens: 3 Keys to Victory against Tennessee Titans

It’s deja vu all over again as the Baltimore Ravens take on the Tennesee Titans. Last year Baltimore bowed out to sixth-seeded Tennessee. This time around the hosts are flipped and Baltimore got in via the wild card while the Titans won their division. This game takes place on Sunday at 1 pm on ABC/ESPN. Check out three keys to Baltimore heading back home with a victory.

Lamar Jackson

In the NFL you live and die by your quarterback’s performance most games. Sunday’s game needs to see Jackson step up through both the air and on the ground. One reason the Tennessee Titans beat the Baltimore Ravens last year was due to limiting Jackson’s performance.

This season he’s run for 1005 yards on 159 carries with seven touchdowns. The versatile young quarterback needs to continue this up on Sunday for the Ravens to have a chance to beat the hosts.

Running Game

It’s no secret that the Ravens ranked poorly in the passing game, sitting 32nd overall. However, they ranked first in rushing averaging a tick higher than 191 rushing yards per game. In addition to Jackson’s rushing threat, rookie J.K. Dobbins has impressed. The second-round draft pick from Ohio State produced 805 yards and scored nine times in 15 games this season.

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Between Jackson and Dobbins, the Ravens offense has a dual-threat rushing attack. Yet, it doesn’t stop there as Gus Edwards‘ six touchdowns and 723 are impressive as well.

If the Baltimore Ravens were to win on Sunday, Jackson, Dobbins, and Edwards need to find success on the ground. Baltimore can’t survive and thrive on the pass alone against the Titans.

Defense

During the Ray Lewis and Ed Reed tenures, the defense won key games as Baltimore struggled to find an identity at quarterback and offensively, This season Baltimore’s defense has and needs to continue on Sunday to come away with the victory.

The Baltimore Ravens rank 31st in points with 18.9 points allowed per game. Individually, Marcus Peter’s four interceptions have helped fuel a formidable defense, while Patrick Queen‘s ten tackles for a loss and three sacks show other teams he’s a threat from the second level.

All in all, Baltimore’s 11-5 regular-season record was impressive. However, it’s time for Jackson to lead his team to a playoff victory. He’s 0-2 right now and last year’s 28-12 loss to Tennessee should bring extra motivation for Sunday’s wild-card game. The winner faces off against Kansas City next week.

What do you think the Baltimore Ravens need to do to come out on top? Leave a comment down below and let me know!

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