Nov 2, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) passes the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 43-23. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Game 9: Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans
When: Sunday, 11/9/2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland
TV Crew: Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein
Preview: The Baltimore Ravens return home in week ten following two tough divisional road losses. After losing to the Bengals 27-24 with a last second touchdown nullified by an offensive pass interference call, the wheels fell off the bus in week eleven. The Ravens were absolutely embarrassed by the Steelers in a 43-23 drubbing that exposed their lack of talent and depth in the secondary.
The Ravens didn’t take the loss lying down as they made a bevy of roster moves this week, including cutting cornerbacks Chykie Brown and Dominique Franks while claiming Danny Gorrer off waivers from the Lions and promoting Tramain Jacobs from the practice squad.
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The Tennessee Titans made some roster changes of their own as their hopes of making a playoff run have seemingly evaporated. Rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger is set to make the first road start of his NFL career this week. Mettenberger played well two weeks ago prior to the Titan’s bye in a losing effort to the Houston Texans.
The Titans will need Mettenberger to continue his solid play on the road and take advantage of the Raven’s secondary woes if they hope to escape with the upset this week. The Ravens hot pass rush has cooled off the last two games after a strong start, a trend that will need to continue this week if the rookie QB has any hope in a tough spot.
In the end, I expect the Ravens to take advantage of the Titan’s 28th ranked run defense by pounding the rock early and often while bringing consistent heat on Mettenberger to force mistakes. This kind of game plan should help the Ravens control the clock and the game flow throughout. Combined with their anger and bruised egos from the last two weeks, the Ravens should easily pick up a victory at home this week.
Betting Line: Ravens -9 1/2 -10, 44u
Prediction: Ravens 27, Titans 17