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VOL. 42 | NO. 41 | Friday, October 12, 2018

Ravens at Titans: What to watch

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1. Defense, defense and more defense. The Titans defense, despite breakdowns against Buffalo, has still been a big reason for the team’s success thus far. Defense is also key to the Ravens’ success with old war horses like Terrell Suggs still leading the way. It wouldn’t be surprising to see this game end up a low-scoring affair like Titans-Ravens games of old.

Ravens at Titans

Sunday, Oct 14, 4:25 p.m.

TV: CBS (WVLT, Channel 8)

Radio: 104.5 FM

2. A tight end sighting. The Titans’ tight ends have been missing in action since Delanie Walker’s injury. In fact, tight ends have not even caught a pass the last two games. While Luke Stocker and Jonnu Smith aren’t expected to fill Walker’s production level, they should be able to contribute something. Anything.

3. Which Mariota will be at QB? Will the Titans see more of the poised and confident Marcus Mariota who led the Titans to an overtime win against the Eagles, or will it be more like the Mariota who last Sunday was getting bottled up by the Bills defense? Whether the Titans win this game will likely depend on how well Mariota is able to play.

Matchups to watch

Titans cornerbacks vs. Ravens receivers. Joe Flacco is enjoying a rejuvenation this year, and part of it is the weapons he has at receiver. Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead could provide a good challenge for the Titans cornerbacks Malcolm Butler, Adoree’ Jackson and Logan Ryan.

Titans RB Derrick Henry vs. Ravens LB C.J. Mosley. A battle of a couple of former Alabama stars. Henry got going a little bit with 56 yards on 11 carries against the Bills. The Ravens are traditionally tough to run, but the Titans have to find some ways to get Henry going between the tackles to loosen up the Baltimore defense.