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Ravens visit the Tennessee Titans, similarities between the two are difficult to ignore

The Baltimore Ravens visit the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, and similarities between the two are difficult to ignore.


Devdiscourse News Desk United States
Updated: 12-10-2018 07:24 IST
Ravens visit the Tennessee Titans, similarities between the two are difficult to ignore

Both teams are having trouble running the ball and were hurt Sunday by wide receiver drops. (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Baltimore Ravens visit the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, and similarities between the two are difficult to ignore.

The Ravens (3-2) and Titans (3-2) both endured bad road losses in Week 5.

Their offences failed to a touchdown, and they both lost on field goals in the final seconds, though the Ravens managed overtime in Cleveland.

Both teams are having trouble running the ball and were hurt Sunday by wide receiver drops.

The Ravens were averaging 30.8 points per game until their 12-9 loss to the Browns in which Joe Flacco threw 56 passes, completing 29. Wide receiver Michael Crabtree has 24 receptions but also has six drops, including one that would have been a touchdown in the final minute of regulation Sunday.

"You see him out here, catching, he's got one of the surest pairs of hands I've ever seen," Flacco said regarding Crabtree's drops. "It's just about relaxing, letting the game come to you, not trying to do too much. I think it's something that he'll definitely get over."

Meanwhile, the Ravens rank 25th in the NFL with an average of 94.4 rushing yards per game.

"It's one player away, or one little mistake away from big yards or a big gain or possibly a touchdown," Baltimore running back Alex Collins said. "That's the most important thing is that we just trust the game plan and trust the system and trust what our coaches have been teaching us."

Big running plays could come Sunday when the Ravens face their former defensive coordinator Dean Pees, who now runs the Titans defence. His unit ranks seventh in total yards allowed and is tied for third in points allowed but is yielding 123.2 rushing yards per game (26th overall).

Tennessee's offence will have to contend with a Ravens defence that leads the league in fewest points allowed (15.4 per game) and is third in fewest yards allowed (303.8 per game).

"I think across the board they've got players in every part of their defence," Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota said. "Whether it's owning the line of scrimmage, causing havoc in the back end, they've done a great job."

Mariota (14 of 26 passing for 129 yards and an interception) had a potential touchdown pass dropped by wide receiver Nick Williams in the fourth quarter Sunday. Williams was released Tuesday, and Cameron Batson was promoted from the practice squad.

The Titans' top two running backs -- Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis -- are averaging a combined 3.3 yards per carrying. Mariota has rushed for 122 yards and a 5.5-yard average.

"I'd like to see him be able to extend plays just that are passes," Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel said. "And (run) if it's not there or he feels an edge or sees a seam because sometimes those are the hardest ones to defend as opposed to the ones that are designed. He always has that ability to extend the play and go off schedule."

Tennessee is also looking for more production from its tight ends, who in the past four games have just four catches for 35 yards. Pro Bowl starter Delanie Walker was lost for the season in Week 1.

Titans safety Kenny Vaccaro (elbow) and linebacker Will Compton (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday and Thursday, and linebacker Wesley Woodyard (shoulder) was limited in practice both days.

Injured Ravens sitting out Wednesday and Thursday included nose tackle Michael Pierce (foot) cornerbacks Brandon Carr (knee) and rookie Anthony Averett (hamstring), and defensive back Anthony Levine Sr. (hamstring). Cornerback Tavon Young (hip) was added to the injury report Thursday.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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