Ravens vs. Titans Preview

Sports and Bets — November 9, 2014 at 4:00 am by

The Ravens (5-4) are back home after dropping two straight on the road to face the Titans (2-6). The Titans are coming off a bye, while the Ravens’ bye is next week. So far this season, the Ravens have blown out inferior competition. Let’s hope that trend continues because the mere thought of losing to a squad quarterbacked by this fucking slapdick makes me wanna jump off the upper deck.

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A photo posted by Zach Mettenberger (@zachmett7) on

 

2014 Stats (per game)
Points – Baltimore: 26.7, Tennessee: 17.1
Points Allowed – Baltimore: 19.3, Tennessee: 25.3
Passing Yards – Baltimore: 249.6, Tennessee: 219.9
Rushing Yards – Baltimore: 121.1, Tennessee: 101.1
Passing Yards Allowed – Baltimore: 263.2, Tennessee: 241.0
Rushing Yards Allowed – Baltimore: 86.4, Tennessee: 134.8
Turnover Differential – Baltimore: minus 0.11, Tennessee: 0.0

Ravens Injury Report
WR Michael Campanaro – Out (Thigh)
T Jah Reid – Out (Hand)
CB Jimmy Smith – Out (Foot)

Titans Injury Report
NT Sammie Hill – Questionable (Hamstring)
WR Nate Washington – Questionable (Shoulder)

Ravens’ Offense vs. Titans’ Defense
The Ravens’ offense will look to get back on track against a Tennessee defense that’s been solid against the pass, but has struggled mightily against the run. Tennessee is 17th in passing defense, tied for 9th in sacks, and tied for 11th in passing touchdowns allowed. Tennessee is 29th in rushing defense, 17th in yards per rush, and tied for 22nd in rushing touchdowns allowed. It’s a perfect setup for the Ravens to pound the rock, and stop leaning so much on their uneven passing attack. During Baltimore’s two-game losing streak, Joe Flacco completed 59.5% of his passes for 498 yards, 2 TDs, and 3 INTs. Flacco was also sacked five times over those two games. The Ravens need to get back to their bread and butter offensively, and that’s a steady diet of Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro.

Carolina Panthers v Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens will want to pay extra attention to disruptive defensive tackle Jurrell Casey. Last season, Casey was a second team All-Pro after recording 55 tackles and 10.5 sacks. This season, Casey has 31 tackles and four sacks through eight games.

Ravens’ Defense vs. Titans’ Offense
Zach Mettenberger, the sixth round rookie from LSU, will be making his second career start today. He completed 27 of 41 passes for 299 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT in a loss to the Texans in his first start. Most of his stats came in garbage time, though. At the skill positions, Tennessee is filled with guys who haven’t done shit for your fantasy teams. Bishop Sankey, Kendall Wright, and Justin Hunter have all been disappointments at the season’s halfway mark. The most productive player on the Titans’ offense has been Delanie Walker. The tight end has 35 catches for 475 yards and 4 touchdowns.

The Ravens shouldn’t have much trouble bottling up Tennessee’s rushing attack. Tennessee’s 20th in rushing offense and tied for 23rd in rushing touchdowns, while the Ravens are 6th in rushing defense and tied for 14th in rushing touchdowns allowed. The Ravens’ front seven will also need to deliver a strong pass rush to aid their depleted secondary. With Mettenberger under center with limited weapons, I think that the Ravens’ secondary will hold up fine today. But man, their front seven is going to have to play absolutely lights out down the stretch for the Ravens to advance to the postseason.

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at San Diego Chargers

Rapid Fire Facts
• Tennessee has lost six of their last seven games.
• On the road this season, Tennessee is 1-3 and has been outscored 67-103. At home this season, the Ravens are 3-1 and have outscored their opponents 109-46.
• Over the first six games of the season, Steve Smith Sr. had 35 catches for 573 yards and 4 TDs. Over the last three games, Smith Sr. has 11 catches for 138 yards and 0 TDs.
• C.J. Mosley is 3rd in the NFL in tackles and Daryl Smith is 4th.
• The Ravens have won nine straight November home games, which is the longest streak in the NFL (Zrebiec).

Let’s go Ravens!

cover pic: Press Box Online
Mettenberger pic: Mettenberger’s Instagram
Taliaferro pic: SB Nation
Ngata & Suggs pic: Baltimore Beat Down

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