Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans: 3 big things

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Nov 15, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) passes the ball for a touchdown during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens are about to play the Tennessee Titans. Here are 3 big things to think about:

1. The Ravens cannot afford to lose this one: 

The Cleveland Browns have the same record as the Baltimore Ravens. This means that the only thing separating Baltimore from third place in the division is a head to head win over Cleveland. The Tennessee Titans are also 6-3 coming into this game. If the playoffs were to start before this game the Ravens would have the last playoff spot. There are currently six AFC teams with a 6-3 record.

Quite frankly, the Ravens can’t even start thinking about winning the AFC North. There are three wild card spots and Baltimore must focus on staying in front of the pack of teams vying for them. Losing to the Titans would give the Ravens a rough stretch. That would be two of the last three games marked as a big fat L. Worse though, it would cost them dearly in the hunt for the postseason. Winning or losing this game could end up being the difference at the end of the season of going to the playoffs or having the season end in week 17.

Slipping the game to the Patriots only reinforced the idea that the AFC North crown is almost a lock for the Ravens’ rivals. The Steelers are 9-0. Even if the Ravens beat the Steelers on Thanksgiving night, they would need a collapse from Pittsburgh. That being said, a two-game winning streak would change the trajectory of this Ravens team. They could go from a team in a tumultuous spot to a team on the rise. They could regain the confidence they started the season very fully stocked of.

What we end up thinking about the 2020 Ravens will be decided in the next two weeks. It’s put up or shut up time for the purple and black.

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