For the Titans and Ravens preview, there are three matchups that should dictate who wins this game.
Zach Mettenburger vs Ravens Defense
Metternburger is making his 2nd career start and first away from home. The rookie played well last week, when he nearly had a 300 yard game, with 2 touchdowns. The Ravens meanwhile aren’t the same ball hawking defense they used to be, their passing defense ranks 26th in the league, along with only five interceptions and 20 sacks. This matchup will be determined by how well Mettenburger used his bye week.
Advantage: John Harbaugh won’t let a rookie quarterback solve his defense in only his second career game. Baltimore’s defense wins this matchup. NFL
Titans Defensive Line vs Baltimore’s Offensive Line
This is a strength vs strength matchup. The Titans have 14 different players with sacks, (1st in NFL). In total the Titans defense has 23 sacks (9th in the NFL). In the Raven’s last game they gave up four sacks to the Steelers. That won’t likely happen again as the Ravens have only given up 13 sacks on the season, (6th in the NFL).
Advantage- The Titans lack of a true elite pass rusher will show, and the Ravens show a strong bounce back performance, allowing fewer than 3 sacks.
Kendall Wright vs Jimmy Smith
The Tennessee Titan’s Kendall Wright only needs seven receptions to reach 200 career catches. If he accomplishes this feat on Sunday, he will be the first receiver in Titan’s history to reach this milestone in only 40 career games. If the Titan’s give the ball to their top playmaker, it will make things that much easier for Mettenburger.
Advantage- The Titans will design plays to give the ball to their top playmaker as quickly and often as possible. Kendall Wright will have his chances to make big plays and make Smith pay.
Edited by Will Lomas