Tennessee Titans vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens meet for a week two NFL game in Nashville. The Ravens are -4 point favorites over the Titans with an over/under point total set at 37.5.
The Tennessee Titans opened their season and a new era in week one in Jacksonville and after trailing all game they fell short in their rally to win in the end. QB Matt Hasselbeck was 21 of 34 for 263 yards with two touchdowns and an interception but the stats may be a bit skewed because one of his TD’s was an 80 yarder which was an improve five yard duck pass that Kenny Britt took 80 yards for a touchdown, we can file that one uner the “whatever it takes” category. Newly re-signed running back Chris Johnson carried sparingly after missing all of traing camp gaining just 24 yards on nine carries. Britt had five catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns and Nate Washington and Johnson had six catches each. The Titans defense had their lapses giving up a 21 yard TD run to Maurice Jones-Drew and 163 yards on the ground total and while they allowed just 160 passing yards the Titans failed to hold the Jags when they needed to and those first downs were the eventual difference in the game. Jason McCourty and Willam Hayes each had sacks while Barrett Ruud had eight tackles and Chris Hope seven. The Titans need just a field goal to win and he Hasselbeck’s one interception came on the Titans final offensive play as he threw up a lob which may have been his worst pass of the day. This week will be head coach Mike Munchak’s first home game as a head coach.
The Baltimore Ravens look to continue their strong play as they sent a message in week one that they are a team that is going to contend this season. The Ravens came out of the gate as strong as anyone blowing out the defending AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers by 28 points. QB Joe Flacco three for 224 yards and three touchdowns with Anquan Bolin catching four balls for 74 yards and a touchdown, tight end Ed Dickson catching five passes for 59 yards and a touchdown, and Ray Rice catching four passes for 42 yards and a touchdown. Rice also had his way on the ground as well running for 107 yards and a touchdown. The Ravens defense made a statement as well with Ed Reed grabbing two interceptions and Ray Lewis getting one and Terrell Suggs had three sacks to start his season. Ladarius Webb led Baltimore in tackles with nine while Ed Reed and Ray Lewis had six each. The Ravens also forced four fumbles, two of them by Suggs, recovering them all as the route was on.
Tennessee is 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games as a home underdog, 5-11 against the spread in their last 16 games against the AFC, and 4-12 against the spread in their last 16 games against a team with a winning record. Baltimore is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games as a favorite, 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games, and 3-9 against the spread as a road favorite of 3.5 to 10 points. Baltimore has covered in seven of the last nine meetings of these two in Tennessee but Tennessee has covered in four of the last five meetings of these two overall.
Both of these teams’ defenses played well once they found their groove and there isn’t much reason to believe they won’t in this spot as well. While I may post a pick on who will cover the spread in the Premium Area as we get closer to game time and at the very least will give my pick on the winner in the premium chat and premium forum, my free pick here will be on the total which is at 37.5. The under is 6-1-1 against the spread in the last eight meetings of these two teams, 7-2 in the Ravens last nine games as a road favorite, and 4-1 in the Titans’ last five games following a game which they didn’t cover. This one should be played between the 20’s and it should stay under the number.