Kickoff: Sunday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m., Nissan Stadium
TV:CBS/WJZ (Ch. 13)
TV Crew: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Rich Gannon (analyst), Melanie Collins (sideline)
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Local Radio Crew: Gerry Sandusky (play-by-play), Stan White (analyst), Justin Forsett (analyst)
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The Ravens are in the thick of the AFC playoff picture, but must stack more wins. They took a step forward last week by halting the Miami Dolphins' four-game winning streak with a 40-0 blowout victory. If the Ravens can get another win, this time on the road, against a quality AFC playoff contender, Baltimore's chances of advancing to the postseason improve greatly and it could go a long way in boosting the confidence of the team as it heads into its bye.
The Titans used to be one of the Ravens' chief rivals before the divisions were re-aligned. The all-time regular-season series history is tied, 9-9. Baltimore won the last meeting in 2014, 21-7, in Baltimore. However, the Ravens fell in their last trip to Tennessee in 2011.
Joe Flacco's Comfort Level After Concussion
Flacco made it clear this week that he'll play against the Titans. However, it remains to be seen how he'll respond on the field after suffering his first career concussion via a brutal hit from Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso. Flacco said he won't hesitate to scramble or anything else. He totally shrugged off the play when talking to reporters. Now will he shrug it off on the field?
Which Run Defense Will Show up?
The Ravens smothered former Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi and the Miami offensive attack in a shutout win last week. The Titans pose another big threat on the ground with a talented, and now healthy, duo of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. Third-year quarterback Marcus Mariota has also recovered from a hamstring injury and is more than capable of making plays with his legs.
Wide Receiver Reunion
For the first time since Week 5 against the Oakland Raiders, the Ravens will have all three of their top wide receivers on the field at the same time. Mike Wallace is coming back from a concussion and Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) and Breshad Perriman (concussion) both played last week. The Ravens had their strongest passing attack of the season against the Raiders, including two connections to Wallace of over 50 yards. Can Baltimore get its passing offense on track with its weapons returning?
Matchups to Watch
CB Brandon Carr vs. WR Corey Davis
Jimmy Smith has gotten a lot of pub this week for reaching "shutdown" status, but the man opposite him, Carr, is also having a very strong year. Davis is the Titans' rookie first-round pick (No. 5 overall), who is returning after missing the past five games with a hamstring injury. He caught six passes for 69 yards in his first NFL game and has the speed and route-running skills to be a major headache. The Ravens loved Davis' ability in this year's draft.
OLBs Terrell Suggs/Matt Judon vs. OTs Taylor Lewan/Jack Conklin
The Titans are tied for the eighth-best rushing attack in the NFL, averaging 124.6 yards per game. They do a lot of damage behind their two first-round offensive tackles Lewan and Conklin. They may be the best tackle combo in the league. Lewan, who is at left tackle, went to the Pro Bowl last year in his third season. Suggs and Judon need to do a strong job of setting the edge and turning Murray and Henry inside into Brandon Williams and C.J. Mosley.
LT Ronnie Stanley vs. OLB Brian Orakpo
Orakpo is a nine-year veteran who flat-out knows how to play the game. While he hasn't had great sack production this year (1.5), he had 10.5 a year ago and can turn it on at any moment. The Ravens want to keep Flacco clean, especially after the hit he took last week, and get running back Alex Collins going. If Baltimore can run the ball well, it will go a long way in what expects to be a loud environment. Stanley has been the Ravens' best run blocker all year.