Week 13 GOTW Preview – Ravens (10-1) vs Titans (8-3)
week 1 TEN 24 – 21 LAC
week 3 BAL 28 – 24 LAC
Week 6 TEN 27 – 17 NE
Week 9 BAL 35 – 38 NE
Record vs .500+ opponents = 4-1
Avg point differential vs .500+ opponents = +18.6
1st in PPG (43)
2nd in fewest PPG Allowed (21)
6th in Offensive Yards
2nd in fewest Yards allowed
Player to watch: Myles Boykin (44 rec, 820yds, 13 TDs) in the last 4 games he has 582 yards and 9 TDs after not recording a single 100+ yard game in the first 6 games of the season. Boykin has created a new spark in the Baltimore passing game with his incredible ability to win 50/50 jump balls down the field at 6’4 and also create consistent separation with his speed. The Titans must know where Boykin is at all times and make sure there is at least 2 defenders ready to contest his downfield targets because nobody in the league has been better at making plays vs 1 on 1 coverage in recent weeks.
Record vs .500+ opponents = 4-2
Avg point differential vs .500+ opponents = 7.2 points
11th in PPG (33)
5th in fewest PPG allowed (22)
16th in total offensive yards
6th in fewest yards allowed
Player to Watch: SS Dane Cruikshank (7 ints + 3 TDs) A lot of people assume Henry is the Xfactor of this game, but outside of his single 300+ yard performance against the Cardinals this season, he has been well contained, never eclipsing 140 yards on the ground in any other game despite averaging 18 carries per game. The Titans are actually only 2-2 vs teams with a winning record when he has 100+ yards rushing. However, when the ballhawking SS has had an interception, the Titans are 4-0 on the season including 2-0 against teams with a winning record. He isn’t just a threat to intercept any ball that comes near him, he has elite speed and vision with the ball in his hands which have helped him to score 3 TDs on the season. If the Titans can gain extra possessions in this game, and maybe even some defensive TDs by way of Cruikshank’s ballhawking ability, then that may be the spark that Tennessee needs to pull the upset.
I believe this game is going to come down to how well Aaron Rodgers can carry the Titans offense and the Ravens ability to protect the football. On paper, the Ravens are the better team across the board. They have played better defense and offense throughout the season, and they’re near unbeatable when they’re not beating themself. The Titans will try to feed Henry like they always do, but the Ravens have a top 3 rushing defense in the league and are averaging only 80 rushing yards allowed per game. It’s not likely that Henry will be able to lead the Titans to victory on his own. However, Rodgers has been very efficient this season boasting a 23:9 TD to INT ratio and completing 73% of his passes while spreading the ball around very well as the Titans have 3 receivers with 500+ yards receiving on the season. If the GOAT can have another very efficient game and convert key 3rd downs to keep the chains moving and keep the Ravens offense off the field, then the Titans can definitely pull out the win. It’s going to be a very tough battle and the Titans will have to play a near flawless game to have a chance.