Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans: 3 bold predictions
2. Lamar Jackson will have more rushing yards than Derrick Henry:
The two most talked about players coming into this game are Lamar Jackson and Derrick Henry. Henry just put up over 180 rushing yards in the Titans’ win over the New England Patriots. Most of the worry that Ravens fans have done leading up to the Saturday night clash has been about Henry. He’s a big running back who led the NFL in rushing. He won’t be the leading rusher in this contest.
The Ravens are going to do two things right in this game. They are going to play solid run defense and they are going to score the kind of points that get the Titans away from the run game. Baltimore isn’t going to lose this game by letting Henry gash them. The only way the Titans win the game is if they are able to beat the Ravens through the air. If this game goes the way that it should, the Ravens will have every incentive to run the football and the Titans will be in a game of catch up. Don’t expect Henry to have a monster day in Baltimore. It wouldn’t be surprising if he had less than 100 yards.
Lamar Jackson will be borderline unstoppable in this game. The Titans don’t have a great defense. It’s not bad, it’s just not great. They also have never seen Jackson do his thing live and in person. It takes some time to get used to, because (spoiler alert) Marcus Mariota can’t simulate Jackson’s skill set on the practice squad. Put Jackson down for 100 yards on the ground in this game. Mark Ingram may be too hurt to make a huge impact in the game and the Ravens running game can’t miss a beat. Jackson does what he has to in order to win the game. A few big runs from Jackson will get the Titans discombobulated. Put Henry down for 56 rushing yards. Put Jackson down for 112.