Titans/Ravens Fast Five Reaction

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1. Derrick Henry was the difference. We knew coming in that the Ravens would see a heavy dose of Henry, which they did…a remarkable stat line of 30 carries for 195 yards. But his long run after a failed Baltimore fourth down conversion, followed by a stunning jump pass touchdown put the nail in the Ravens’ coffin. So dominating was Henry that the Titans only threw for a grand total of 83 yards.

2. The Ravens were outcoached. Mike Vrabel and his staff came in with a terrific game plan, but also reacted far better during the game. The defense shut down Lamar Jackson, sacked him four times and forced him into bad throws. Baltimore failed on two fourth down conversions (after going 8/8 in the regular season), with the second one a terrible call when a chip shot field goal would have cut the lead to 14-9. A couple of plays afterward, Henry broke his long run.

3. The Ravens got off to a terrible start. The Ravens took the ball and moved down the field with their first possession, but that’s where it all ended:

-Interception + penalty on Jackson
-Give up TD.
-Can’t convert on 4th and 1 for first time all year.
-Give up another TD.
-Bang it’s a 14-0 deficit.

4. Vrabel gets buy in. Tennessee head coach Mike Vrabel is riding the ‘nobody believes in us’ mantra and his troops are on board with it. Since changing quarterbacks from Marcus Mariota to Ryan Tannehill, the Titans have won 7 of 10, knocked off the #3 seeded Patriots in Foxborough and the #1 seeded Ravens in Baltimore. They’re one win away from a Super Bowl…in Tannehill’s old stadium in Miami.

5. Maybe Lamar isn’t the future of football. Let’s be honest, he had a bad game by all accounts, but he still accounted for 508 yards of total offense. That should be worth more than one touchdown. But his receivers dropped at least six passes, Mark Ingram was far from 100% and the Baltimore coaching staff failed to make proper adjustments to the Tennessee defensive game plan. Time for a re-think from John Harbaugh and Co. in the off-season.

 

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