This Sunday the Tennessee Titans (3-2) will host the Baltimore Ravens (3-2). Kickoff is set for 4:25 EST at Nissan Stadium and will be televised locally on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Ravens as a slim 1-point favorite, but that has been bet up to 2.5 and even 3 at some books. The total for this AFC matchup is currently set at 41 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 6 odds and for more links to our game previews.
Ravens vs Titans Game Betting Preview & Vegas Odds
Baltimore comes into this one off a 12-9 overtime loss on the road to the Browns. Baltimore was able to force extra time with a field goal in the final minute of regulation, but overall it was a game of missed opportunities. Baltimore wasn’t able to find the end zone and twice turned it over in Browns territory, including an interception on 2nd & Goal from the 2-yard line.
Tennessee also comes in off a loss in a low-scoring game. The Titans had their 3-game winning streak snapped in a 13-12 loss at Buffalo. Tennessee rallied to take the lead in the 4th quarter, only to let the Bills go 47 yards on 11 plays (4 minutes 43 seconds) and kick the game-winning field goal as time expired.
These two teams met for the first time since 2014 last year in Tennessee. The Titans won that contest 23-20 as a 3-point home favorite.
Free NFL Pick Against the Spread: Ravens -2.5
My early lean here would have to be laying the short number with the Ravens. I know this is a tough spot for Baltimore playing their third straight game on the road, but I just think this is too good a price to pass up what I feel is the far superior team. I also feel like it’s early enough in the season where the 3 straight road games won’t have as negative a impact as it would after say like Week 10.
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I know the Titans come into this game with a winning record at 3-2, but they could just as easily be 0-5. All 3 of their wins have come by just 3-points. I just don’t see them being able to keep winning games the way they have. Sure, the defense has been playing lights out, but this is one of the worst offenses in the league. Tennessee is 29th in the NFL in total offense, averaging just 294 ypg.
They have little to no threat of a passing game after losing star tight end Delanie Walker and haven’t been running the ball nearly as effective as they did a year ago. I just don’t see the Titans being able to generate enough offense against this Ravens defense, which I think is one of the best in the league. Baltimore comes in ranked 5th against the run (88.4 ypg) and 4th against the pass (215.4 ypg). They also lead the league in scoring defense, allowing just 15.4 ppg.
As for the Ravens’ offense, I think they bounce back in a big way here after that ugly showing against the Browns. Even after scoring just 9-points against Cleveland, Baltimore is still 11th in the league in scoring at 26.4 ppg. They also sit 11th in the league in total offense, averaging 399.4 ypg.
Going back to the Titans defense and it eventually falling off, they could be without one of their best players, as linebacker Wesley Woodyard is questionable with a shoulder injury. Losing Woodyard would be a big blow, as he’s tied for the team lead in tackles.
Another thing to note about Tennessee’s defense, is they have played a bunch of teams that have struggled offensively early, as their opponents for the season are only averaging 19.3 ppg, which makes the 17.2 ppg the Titans are allowing that much less impressive.
Baltimore is also a solid 16-6-4 ATS in their last 26 road games against a team with a winning home record and a perfect 4-0 in their last 4 off a SU loss. Give me the Ravens -2.5.