Prepare for some old-fashioned defensive football, as the Baltimore Ravens (3-2) top-ranked defense heads to Nissan Stadium to take on the Tennessee Titans (3-2) and their 3rd-ranked defense in Week 6 (October 14, 2018 at 4:25pm EST).
Online sports betting sites have taken notice of these dominant defenses, as they’ve set the game total at just 41, with the Ravens opening as 3-point favorites.
The Ravens’ defense has been very stingy this year. Not only are they halting opposing ground attacks, allowing just 88.4 rushing yards per game (5th), but have also frustrated pivots all year, surrendering only 215.4 passing yards per game (4th).
The minimal yards Baltimore is giving up (3rd in total defense) is matched by the 15.4 points they allow per game. Quite simply, this is not a defense you want to see often.
Marcus Mariota (72.3 passer rating this season) and Derrick Henry (219 rushing yards) are going to have to be patient, as moving the ball against this tough Baltimore defense is going to be a tough task. Anything more than a couple TDs should be seen as a victory for Tennessee against the no. 1 scoring defense.
The Titans defense also thrives on their ability to defend the pass. They only surrender 210 yards per game through the air, good for 3rd in the league. Their secondary has been great, but coverage becomes a lot easier when you don’t have to do it for very long.
Led by Jurrell Casey and his 3 sacks, Tennessee is 15th in the league in QB take downs, averaging 2.6 per game.
The Buffalo Bills are now firsthand witnesses to how hard it is to put the ball in the air against the Titans. The Bills only managed 79 passing yards in their matchup last week, where Tennessee got to the QB two times.
In order for Joe Flacco (8 touchdowns to 3 INTs) to enjoy any success against this Titans defense, Baltimore will need to keep Casey away from him, and John Brown (396 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns) will need to make some plays on the outside. The Ravens may be best served just relying on Alex Collins and the ground game, though.
Tennessee held on to defeat Baltimore, 23-20, the last time these two teams met, which was November 5th, 2017. The Titans were 3-point favorites in that game.