Shock in Baltimore As Titans Demolish Ravens
The Tennessee Titans shock the Baltimore Ravens, demolishing the home team 28-12 to advance to the AFC Championship game. The Ravens entered as nine and a half point favorites, but the best team in the NFL failed to get out the blocks all game.
Running back Derrick Henry stole the show, bullying Ravens defenders all game. The Titans have now taken down the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens, and are the form team. So what happened?
Titans Dominate Entire Game
The Titans played the perfect game, doing what they do best, along with capitalizing on Ravens’ mistakes. Henry was once again pivotal to their offense, running for 195 yards. He also threw a goal-line jump pass touchdown on an incredible trick play.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill took what he could get, but he wasn’t relied on much once again. He went 7/14 for 88 yards and two touchdowns. His highlight was a 45-yard bomb to Kalif Raymond to put Tennessee up 14-0. They are going to cause the Kansas City Chiefs problems on Sunday in the AFC Championship game.
Ravens Poor in Shock Loss
The Ravens entered the game full of confidence, playing at home and as the number one seed. Key starters hadn’t played for three weeks before Saturday, and the rust appeared throughout the game. Quarterback Lamar Jackson threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. Tennessee scored 14 points from turnovers, which ultimately proved the key to their shock victory.
Jackson will get the blame for the game, but his team didn’t help him out at all. The normally dominant running game was never established, with only 42 rushing yards without Jackson. The receivers also dropped a number of passes throughout the game. The Titans took away his tight ends, and they also managed two key fourth-down stops. All of these factors contributed to a very poor end to the Ravens season.
What’s Next For Baltimore?
Despite a poor loss, there’s no reason to panic for Ravens fans. The team will have the 28th pick in the NFL Draft, and have five picks in the first four rounds. Baltimore has clear needs, but with Lamar Jackson, the Ravens have another three years of their Super Bowl window.
The team also has every offensive starter under contract, along with $45 million dollars in cap space. They can be aggressive in free agency, along with returning a lot of key contributors.
That wraps up my recap of a painful Ravens loss. If you have any thoughts on the game let us know on Twitter @OTHeroics1 or @JWjournalism. For more great NFL news follow the sites page here. Also for more great sports discussion visit the site forum page here. Thanks for reading!