The Baltimore Ravens host the Tennessee Titans on Saturday evening for an AFC Divisional Round showdown. Kickoff is set for 8:15 PM EST on January 11th at M&T Bank Stadium and the game will be nationally televised on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Ravens listed as 9.5-point home favorites. The spread has come down by half a point after early betting, as Baltimore is currently available at -9. The total for this matchup is 46.5 points.
Ravens vs Titans Game Odds & Betting Preview
The Titans pulled off an impressive upset on the road last weekend, beating New England 20-13 in what could have been the final game as a Patriot for QB Tom Brady. Tennessee scored two touchdowns in the first half and never looked back, completely shutting out the Pats offense over the final two quarters of the game. QB Ryan Tannehill didn’t do much through the air, going just 8/15 for 72 passing yards and a touchdown while also getting picked off once. RB Derrick Henry was a monster on the ground, exploding for 182 rushing yards and a touchdown on a game-high 34 carries. Anthony Firkser led the way for the receiving corps, finding the end zone once on one of his two catches for 23 yards. Overall, the Titans gained well over 250 total yards of offense and scored two touchdowns against a very tough defense.
Tennessee was extremely solid on the other side of the ball against the Patriots, holding Brady and Co. to just over 300 total yards of offense and one touchdown. The Titans did a fantastic job defending against the pass, recording an interception while also allowing less than 215 yards through the air and no touchdowns.
The Ravens only lost two games during the regular season, finishing the year 14-2 and locking up the AFC North title with ease. Baltimore beat the Steelers 28-10 their last time out despite starting Robert Griffin III in place of the resting Lamar Jackson. It has been a dynamite year for the offense with the electrifying Jackson under center, as the unit averaged 33 points and over 400 total yards per game. The rushing attack in particular proved to be lethal week in and week out, racking up an average of 206 yards per game on the ground.
Baltimore was also pretty solid defensively this season, giving up an average of under 18 points and 305 total yards of offense per game. The Ravens really did a great job defending against the run, limiting their opponents to just 93 yards on the ground per game.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Ravens -9
At first glance, laying nine points in the second round of the playoffs doesn’t appear to scream value. However, I certainly have much more faith in Lamar Jackson to get the job done in this primetime AFC clash than the suddenly resurgent Ryan Tannehill. While Derrick Henry will definitely test a very strong Ravens run defense, I just don’t think that the Titans offense will find a way to keep pace with the electrifying Baltimore ground attack. Tennessee also struggled at times defensively during the last two months of the regular season, surrendering at least three touchdowns in three out of their final four games – including getting lit up for 38 points by the recently eliminated New Orleans Saints back in late December.
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It is important to note that the Ravens have really had the upper hand in this AFC rivalry in recent years, going a rock-solid 2-0-1 against the spread over their last three battles with Tennessee overall. Baltimore is also an extremely impressive 10-5-1 against the spread through their first 16 games this season, while the Titans have now failed to cover the number in multiple trips to M&T Bank Stadium since 2014. I’ll lay the boatload of points and take my chances with the heavy home favorite on Saturday evening – give me the Ravens to cover the number and move on to the AFC Championship Game!