Tennessee Titans vs Baltimore Ravens NFL Playoffs, January 11, 2020
NFL GameTrax – Postseason – Divisional Championships
- Tennessee Titans vs Baltimore Ravens
- Date:Sat, Jan 11, 2020
- Location: M&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, Maryland
- Time: 8:15p ET
- TV: CBS
The Tennessee Titans playing the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night implies there will be another Super Bowl champion in the NFL come 2020. The Titans guaranteed that by toppling the Patriots administration in an unexpected 20-13 miracle that thumped the six-time Super Bowl champs out of the end of the season games in the Wild Card Round just because since 2009 — additionally the most recent year they didn’t have a first-round bye.
The Titans’ prize appears to be progressively similar to a discipline: They face the NFL’s best group in the standard season out and about. The Ravens, who last made the Super Bowl during the 2012-13 season, are ready to make a genuine run behind the play of MVP leader Lamar Jackson. Riding a 12-match dominate streak, the Ravens bulldozed through individual contenders like the 49ers, Texans, and Seahawks to verify home-field advantage all through the end of the season games.
The Titans, in the mean time, needed to battle their way in after late-season misfortunes against the Texans and Saints. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill got everyone excited, beating the Texans’ reinforcements in Week 17 to win a spot before running back Derrick Henry returned the group on his to break the Patriots’ run on the AFC in Foxboro.
Can the Titans keep their Cinderella energy moving this end of the week? Or then again will the glass shoe split on the Baltimore turf against a group that shut out the Titans 21-0 the last time they played? This competition has been amazingly tight with the Ravens driving the untouched arrangement 12-11, remembering 2-1 for the postseason.
AFC Divisional Playoff: Tennessee at Baltimore
- The opening shot: Saturday, Jan. 11 at 8:15 p.m. ET
- Television: CBS
- Spread: Ravens – 10
Three Things To Watch
- 1. Will Derrick Henry surpass the Ravens’ resistance?
Henry without any assistance toppled the Patriots a week ago, scrambling for 182 yards and the match dominating touchdown toward the finish of the primary half. Henry earned all of the 75 yards for the Titans on that drive; altogether, he piled on 75 percent of the Titans’ all out offense.
Also, in that game, dislike the Patriots’ protection battled. Ryan Tannehill was constrained to 72 passing yards, and the Titans’ offense didn’t score at all in the subsequent half. In any case, at last, Henry as a one-man destroying group was sufficient to get the Titans over the end goal.
How might he be halted?
“Start quick,” Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon said on “Great Morning Football” this week. “We need to hit him however many occasions as could be expected under the circumstances. We realize he’s a decent running back, yet everything begins with us. Our correspondence, our task, and our system. For whatever length of time that we do that, we will have the option to assault him in various manners that he hasn’t seen for the current year. We comprehend that he’s a standout amongst other running backs in the class, and we can’t rest on him on the grounds that once he begins, he’s a hard handle.”
The Ravens were fifth in the NFL against the run, permitting 93.4 yards per game, yet they’re powerless to a running back like Henry. Their 4.4 yards per surging play positioned only 21st in the class, and they surrendered in excess of 100 hurrying yards multiple times in the second 50% of the period. In one of their two misfortunes, the Browns’ Nick Chubb piled on 165 yards and three touchdowns on 20 conveys. Obviously, that misfortune returned September — a lifetime prior in Ravens land — however is important thinking about Henry’s ascendance.
2. Who will be the hostile whiz for the Ravens… other than Lamar Jackson?
Jackson’s MVP status for the Ravens is clear to even the most easygoing NFL fan. However, when any group comes to the postseason, it’s hard for the quarterback himself to do it all alone. As we saw with Tom Brady a week ago, weapons must be open and accessible for Jackson to toss to.
Some portion of opening up the passing paths is a strong Ravens run game and that is being referred to with Mark Ingram’s calf damage. Ingram experienced constrained practice Thursday — his first since the Dec. 22 damage and a decent sign he’ll suit up for Saturday night’s down — yet it’s unmistakable he’ll be under 100 percent. Gus Edwards is set up to go in Ingram’s stead, and he’s an able reinforcement, accumulating 130 yards on 21 conveys in the season finale against the Steelers.
Jackson alone has scrambled for 100 or more yards multiple times this season, piling on a quarterback-record 1,206 yards. It was a piece of a multi-dimensional surging offense that drove the NFL with 206.0 yards per game. Will the potential loss of Ingram be sufficient to back the Ravens off, enabling the barrier to concentrate more on Jackson? Protectively, the Titans positioned twelfth against the run yet enabled the Patriots to scramble for 98 yards, their best execution in a month.
The Ravens collectors, for the most part bit players, have not had a 100-yard getting game by any individual the second 50% of the period. Could new kids on the block Marquise Brown or Miles Boykin step up and make a major catch profound if necessary? What about the conflicting play of Willie Snead? Somebody needs to turn into a “go-to” fellow if the Titans can stuff the Ravens at the line of scrimmage.
3. Would jackson be able to defeated a year ago’s season finisher evil spirits?
Jackson has been totally fantastic all year. As it were, you figure the weight for this game falls on Tannehill, who must make sense of how to reignite the offense Saturday night if the Ravens’ guard locks in and stops Henry.
But… there are inquiries here. Jackson had maybe the most exceedingly awful round of his profession last postseason against the Chargers. He bungled multiple times, tossed a capture, and went for only 194 yards in a 23-17 misfortune that had fans searching out Joe Flacco after a sickly first half.
“I truly detest it,” he said for this present week on the Baltimore Ravens site. “I can hardly wait to play this week coming up. I would prefer not to truly discuss it any longer. It’s finished.”
Absolutely, Jackson is an entire distinctive degree of player in the manner he’s developed in the course of the most recent a year. Be that as it may, season finisher loathsomeness stories don’t disseminate until there’s another part written in the history books. Jackson needs to go out and demonstrate that poor postseason play is behind him. In what capacity will he react to an early turnover? Or on the other hand if the Titans jump on the board early? A MVP appointment alongside the Ravens’ Super Bowl expectations will remain in a critical state.
The gauge for this game is risky for Saturday night. While unseasonably warm (61 degrees at the opening shot) there’s a 90 percent possibility of substantial downpour at some point during the night. Winds will likewise be showing up, out of the south at 10-20 mph.
Here and there, that advantages the Ravens in a low-scoring game with perhaps the best kicker ever, Pro Bowler Justin Tucker, sitting on their program. The main group All-Pro missed only one field objective this season, going 28-for-29 in what was a frustrating year for kickers in general.
In any case, regardless of the home-field advantage, a seething storm transforms this game into a clash of the channels. It offers Henry a chance to coordinate Jackson run-for-run and chops down the strength of the Ravens’ passing offense.
Of every one of the three groups the Ravens could have confronted (Bills, Texans, Titans) it was Tennessee who was continually going to give the most troublesome matchup. Would jackson be able to go out and win a low-scoring game where one terrible turnover has the effect?
Could the barrier stop Henry?
In the event that there’s one bombshell you’ll find in the divisional round, it will come here. The Titans are playing with house cash in the wake of taking care of the Patriots’ tradition, no little accomplishment, and have one of the game’s most imaginative new lead trainers in Mike Vrabel. Lamar Jackson, still youthful, needs to demonstrate he needn’t bother with one more year of postseason flavoring and those early devils are unmistakably behind him.