Ravens (3-2) at Ti­tans (3-2)

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Danny Sheri­dan’s line: Ravens by 1

Ravens’ keys to vic­tory: Pro­tect­ing QB Joe Flacco will be para­mount. When he has time, Flacco can make the right moves in the pocket and get the ball to play­mak­ers such as WR John Brown, and he has a lot of tar­gets — in the Week 5 loss at Cleve­land, he com­pleted at least four passes to four re­ceivers. Brown has been a rev­e­la­tion in his first year in Bal­ti­more, catch­ing at least three passes in ev­ery game and scor­ing three touch­downs.

Ti­tans’ keys to vic­tory: Their of­fense should at­tack the mid­dle of the field, which the Ravens have strug­gled to de­fend. QB Mar­cus Mar­i­ota doesn’t throw for a lot of yards — he has had more than 129 yards pass­ing just once in four games this sea­son — but he’s also lethal run­ning the ball. Get­ting pres­sure on Ravens QB Joe Flacco early will be im­por­tant. The Ti­tans wouldn’t mind an easy vic­tory for a change; all five of their games have been de­cided by seven points or fewer, and four of them have been de­cided by one to three points. Their 13-12 loss at Buf­falo in Week 5 came af­ter three con­sec­u­tive three-point vic­to­ries.

Matchup to watch: Ravens WR John Brown vs. Ti­tans CB Mal­colm But­ler. But­ler has strug­gled this year, but if he’s able to shut down Brown one-on-one the Ti­tans could limit the Ravens’ solid pass­ing at­tack. Flacco threw the ball 56 times at Cleve­land.

Who wins? These teams don’t play of­ten — this is only their fourth meet­ing this decade — and the Ti­tans scored a 23-20 vic­tory last year at home. Same site, same re­sult.

Ti­tans, 23-20

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