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Titans Face Ravens After Struggles With Colts Continue

Titans Face Ravens After Struggles With Colts Continue

Titans Still Can’t Figure Out Colts

It’s almost become expected at this point when Indianapolis comes to town. Indianapolis has dominated in Nissan Stadium, winning all but one game dating back to 2011. They’ve now won 15 of the last 18 meetings and 20 of the last 24.

The Titans jumped out to a quick lead, driving the ball 65 yards in three minutes to start the game. They scored on three of their four first half possessions to take a 17-13 halftime lead. After that it was all Colts. Indianapolis went on a 24-0 scoring run to take the division lead by a score of 34-17.

The Colts made some halftime adjustments to blank the Titans who were moving the ball well. Ryan Tannehill was 9/14 with a touchdown in the first half but just 6/13 for 48 yards in the second half. Errors cost them dearly as well as they had a blocked punt returned for a touchdown, a missed field goal and a turnover on downs.

Ravens Thrive on the Ground

The Titans get a rematch of last season’s AFC Divisional Playoff game. The Ravens are coming off a setback loss to New England last week. They struggled to establish the running game, something they’ve had little issues with this season, and couldn’t get the offense in rhythm.

Baltimore will be looking to run it down Tennessee’s throats on Sunday. They bring in a trio of runningbacks who have the Ravens sitting second in the NFL in rushing yards per game. Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins have led the rushing attack for the last month but Mark Ingram’s return from injury last week adds another weapon in the backfield.

The key will be to keep quarterback Lamar Jackson contained. The third year starter isn’t having close to the season he was a year ago but still leads the Ravens in rushing yards and can be dangerous through the air. Tennessee ranks 27th in passing yards per game and will be hoping for more success against a Raven’s passing game that ranks 31st in the league with 184 yards per game.

Offense Needs to Find Rhythm

The Titans have lost three of their last four games and a noticeable trend has been a lack of offensive production. Each week it seems the production grows more dependent on Derrick Henry, who has done well over the four game stretch with two 100+ yard games and averaging over 4.5 yards per carry.

Titans Face Ravens After Struggles With Colts Continue
Ryan Tannehill had just 147 yards through the air against the Colts. (Photo by nfl.com.)

The passing game has nearly disappeared after a tremendous start to the year. Tannehill threw less than 239 yards just once in the first five games but has yet to eclipse that total since. Additionally, his completion percentages in each of the last four games have been the lowest recorded in the regular season with the Titans, bottoming out at 47.6% against the Bears.

The disappearance of the passing game during chunks of the game has resulted in short, scoreless drives the opposition has been able to take advantage of. Combined with a continuing lack of success from the kicking game, the Titans have put together four of their lowest scoring totals this season over the 1-3 stretch. A revival of the passing game will be monumental as they take on the Ravens this week.

 

 

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