RAVENS (4-4) VS. TI­TANS (4-3)


USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - LEADING OFF - Jor­dan God­win

An­nounc­ers: Kevin Har­lan, Rich Gan­non

About the Ravens: Bal­ti­more un­leashed some anger and frus­tra­tion on the Mi­ami Dol­phins in a 40-0 rout in Week 8, both in re­sponse to crit­i­cism af­ter its two-game los­ing streak and also be­cause of a late hit on QB Joe

Flacco that knocked him out of the game with a con­cus­sion. Flacco was hit by Dol­phins LB Kiko Alonso af­ter a scram­ble late in the sec­ond quar­ter and en­tered the con­cus­sion pro­to­col. With backup QB Ryan Mal­lett un­der cen­ter, RB Alex Collins ran for a ca­reer-high 113 yards and Bal­ti­more’s of­fense, which en­tered the game ranked 31st, showed new signs of life. If Bal­ti­more’s de­fense can re­turn two in­ter­cep­tions for touch­downs and hold Ten­nessee to fewer than 50 yards rush­ing, as it did against Mi­ami, it might not mat­ter whether Flacco re­turns from the con­cus­sion pro­to­col ahead of Bal­ti­more’s Week 10 bye.

About the Ti­tans: Ten­nessee re­turns from its bye hop­ing to find some mo­men­tum. Af­ter nar­rowly squeak­ing past the Cleve­land Browns 12-9 in Week 7, the Ti­tans took the week off and will re­turn to face the rest of the AFC North, first by host­ing the Ravens and Ben­gals be­fore trav­el­ing to Pitts­burgh. The of­fense strug­gled at Cleve­land, but coach Mike Mu­larkey is hop­ing a few tweaks will

help QB Mar­cus Mar­i­ota and RBs DeMarco Mur­ray and Der­rick Henry find a rhythm. As un­pro­duc­tive as Ten­nessee’s re­ceivers have been, re­turn­ing rookie WR Corey Davis, who has missed the last five games be­cause of a strained ham­string, could help keep Bal­ti­more’s de­fense hon­est. Bal­ti­more holds an 11-10 lead in the se­ries against Ten­nessee, and the teams have split their last six meet­ings.

Matchup to watch: Ravens LB C.J.

Mosley vs. Henry. Mur­ray is still the starter, but get­ting pro­duc­tion out of Henry has been piv­otal in 2017. The Ti­tans are 3-1 in games where Henry has av­er­aged 4.0 yards per carry or more and just 1-2 when he is un­der that mark. As the line­backer in the mid­dle, Mosley has been a force for Bal­ti­more’s run de­fense, and he’ll have his hands full stop­ping the Ti­tans’ run­ning backs.

Player to watch: Ti­tans TE De­lanie Walker. The vet­eran has led the Ti­tans in re­ceiv­ing yards in four of their seven games, but he has yet to score a touch­down this sea­son. Walker could have luck against a Bal­ti­more de­fense that has al­lowed five touch­downs to tight ends and four re­ceiv­ing touch­downs to all other po­si­tions this sea­son.

Num­ber crunch­ing: 40. Bal­ti­more’s win over Mi­ami was the most lop­sided shutout in team his­tory, best­ing a 37-0 blank­ing of Cleve­land in 2000. KEYS TO THE GAME

1. Bye week: Un­der coach John Har­baugh, Bal­ti­more is 5-5 in games that pre­ceded its bye week, while Ten­nessee has the same record in games fol­low­ing its bye over that span. The Ravens are limp­ing into their break, while Ten­nessee re­turns a few key play­ers.

2. No fly zone: Ten­nessee’s se­condary has held op­pos­ing passers un­der 300 yards in all but one game, the win over Seat­tle, while Bal­ti­more has held op­po­nents to fewer than 200 yards pass­ing in four straight games.

3. Forc­ing turnovers: The Ravens are 3-1 when forc­ing mul­ti­ple turnovers. Mean­while, Ten­nessee is 0-2 when com­mit­ting mul­ti­ple turnovers and 4-1 when keep­ing the give­aways to one or none. 4. Slim pick­ings: Mar­i­ota will have to be ex­tra wary of Bal­ti­more’s sneaky good de­fen­sive backs, who love to gam­ble for in­ter­cep­tions. They’ve picked off 12 passes in eight games, best in the league. Mar­i­ota has thrown four picks in six games.


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