Heading into this weeks matchup against the Ravens, let’s take a look at 5 things the Titans can do to pull off the upset against the Baltimore Ravens.
1. Stop The Run
Star RB Ray Rice rushed for 107 yards on only 19 carries against what was supposed to be one of the best defenses in the NFL. The Titans cannot–absolutely cannot– allow 5.6 yards per carry.
2. Avoid Ed Reed
The future Hall of Fame safety for the Ravens defines the term ‘Ball Hawk’. With 6 tackles to go along with his two interceptions, it’s easy to say Reed made an impact on the game. On offense, the Titans will need to keep the ball away from Reed in order to continually have an impact.
3. Run The Ball
The Steelers only handed the ball off 10 times to primary runner Rashard Mendanhall. The Titans have to run the ball more than this in order to stay in the game late. Baltimore forced Pittsburgh to play from behind, therefore abandoning the running game. Chris Johnson and the Titans ground game will need to hit hard early and often to keep the Ravens defense believing in the Titans rushing attack. 24 yards is and will be an inexcusable output for Johnson and the Titan’s offensive line.
4. Find Out Who The Real Flacco Is
Joe Flacco appears enigmatic at quarterback. Last week he threw 3 TD’s and zero INT’s. Has Flacco grown into a consistent, franchise QB or did he just have one good game? Limit their running game and we’ll find out.
5. Use Kenny Britt
Britt scored two TD’s last week. The first of which could be chalked up to some really good luck, the second–some really good talent. New QB Matthew Hasselbeck will really need to expose the young corners from Baltimore. Expect heavy coverage on Kenny Britt, who will at the very least free up the other receivers on the team.
Plus, we’ll get to see the debut of safety Jordan Babineaux while starter Chris Hope heals an injury.