MIKE PRE­STON’S KEY MATCHUPS

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Ti­tans de­fen­sive line vs. Ravens of­fen­sive line: The Ravens are try­ing to find a run­ning game, and the Ti­tans want to dis­cover a run de­fense, which is ranked No. 26 in the NFL. Ravens cen­ter Matt Skura and guards Alex Lewis and Mar­shal Yanda need to con­trol nose guard Austin John­son with dou­ble teams while of­fen­sive tack­les James Hurst and Ron­nie Stan­ley have to win one-on-one bat­tles with de­fen­sive tack­les DaQuan Jones and Jur­rell Casey. Casey is stout, pow­er­ful and quick and has good moves. Le­wan is a former first-round pick in 2014 and has started 57 to­tal games. He is sup­posed to be a fi­nesse player but is just down­right nasty at times. Suggs hasn’t been spec­tac­u­lar but he’s been solid. If he gets off to a fast start, he can be­come a ma­jor fac­tor. He won’t back down from Le­wan and nei­ther will Wil­liams. Suggs has 3.5 sacks this sea­son and Wil­liams has two. If he stays healthy, look for Wil­liams to stay on the field more. Ti­tans CBs Mal­colm But­ler and Adoree’ Jack­son vs. Ravens WRs Michael Crab­tree and John Brown: Pass cov­er­age has been the Ti­tans’ forte, al­low­ing only 210 yards per game. But­ler, the former New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots stand­out, is the shut­down player with 22 tack­les and one in­ter­cep­tion. Jack­son tries to be as ag­gres­sive as But­ler and isn’t afraid to press on re­ceivers at the line of scrim­mage. Brown (19 catches, 396 yards, three touch­downs) is the deep threat while Crab­tree has 24 catches for 250 yards.

Ti­tans OT Tay­lor Le­wan vs. Ravens OLBs Ter­rell Suggs and Tim Wil­liams:

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