Lamar Jackson via Office of the Maryland Governor on Flickr [CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)] for AFC Divisional Playoffs

AFC Divisional Playoffs: Preview, TEN at BAL

The AFC Divisional Playoffs start Saturday night with the longshot visitor and the Super Bowl favorite. The Tennessee Titans travel to Baltimore to face the #1 seeded Ravens in a game that will be a battle in the trenches. If the Titans win, they’ll travel to the winner of the Texans/Chiefs game. If the Ravens win, they’ll host the winner of the same game.

AFC Divisional Playoffs

Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens

M&T Bank Stadium

Baltimore, MD

Betting

This line has seem some movement all week but it’s starting to settle at Ravens -10.0 (EVEN). Personally, I’d rather have a teaser that puts this game around -6.5 or better for the Ravens. The Titans have been strong in the latter half of the season and are coming off of a huge upset victory. On the other hand, the Ravens are the best team in the NFL so I can see why the line is where it’s at. The better bet is the UNDER on 47.0 (-110) as both the these teams are content with running the ball and making this a defensive battle.

Injuries

Despite both men being listed as questionable, RB Mark Ingram and TE Mark Andrews are expected to play. As key players on the Ravens offense, both guys will need to make it through the entire game in order for the team to utilize their full potential.

As for the Titans, WR Adam Humphries and LB Jayon Brown are both OUT. Humphries, who missed last weeks game, will once again be forced to watch his team battle as underdogs. The Titans passing attack is obviously downgraded without him in the lineup. The absence of Brown hurts the defense significantly, especially in their run defense.

Ravens Offense vs. Titans Defense

Led by the likely MVP in Lamar Jackson, the Ravens offense has the firepower to score upwards of 30 points any given Sunday-erm… Saturday. I could on and on about Jackson but I feel the gifs and highlight videos speak for themselves.

Not to be overlooked though, Jackson led the NFL in passing TD’s this season! His primary target, Mark Andrews, is a little beat up at the moment but is expected to out there for this AFC Divisional Playoff game. No one else on this offense really is a reliable target for Jackson. The other TE’s, Hayden Hurst and Nick Boyle, will probably see more work than the outside receivers. But, of the outside guys, Marquise Brown has the speed capable of breaking away from even the best defenders. The Titans will have to hop Adoree’ Jackson, a speedster in his own right, can prevent Brown from breaking off a big play. If the Titans can can get the top on their defense and prevent the big plays, they may be able to slow the Ravens offense enough to keep themselves in this game.

Titans Offense vs. Ravens Defense

Derrick Henry, is a man among boys.

The Titans are going to give the ball to Henry until the Ravens prove that they can stop him. If and/or when that happens, Ryan Tannehill will have to earn his 2nd ever playoff win by throwing the ball. Talented rookie standout receiver A.J Brown will be the primary beneficiary of a Titans passing attack. The issue with this is that the Ravens defense is loaded across the board. Guys like Jonnu Smith and Corey Davis are going to have to step their games up. Hell, even Anthony Firkser scored a TD last week. The Titans need more than just Henry in this game and the inconsistencies of the supporting cast will likely be their downfall.

Predictions

Titans: 14

Ravens: 28

Guaranteed Touchdown Scorer: Derrick Henry

Dart Throw Touchdown Scorer: Marquise Brown

Best Fantasy QB: Lamar Jackson, duh.

Better Fantasy RB: Derrick Henry, the Titans are going to run him into the ground in order to try to win.

Better Fantasy WR: A.J Brown, Brown has been on a tear as of late and the Titans will have to take shots down the field to stay competitive.

Best Fantasy TE: Mark Andrews, the #1 target on the field for Jackson will be a great value for DFS.

Better Fantasy D/ST: Ravens, they’ve been great all season long and the Titans offense is fairly one-dimensional.

Conclusion

Who do you think wins today in this AFC Divisional Playoff game? Depending on the winner of the other AFC Divisional Playoffs game, who do you think can make it to the Super Bowl? Let me know in the comments below! Also, check out the shop and other content by clicking here.

-Mitchell Seefeldt

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