Winner Of Titans vs Ravens Is Obvious, Says ESPN
The winner Titans vs Ravens is obvious, says ESPN.
All season long the worldwide leader in sports has been using a computer model to predict various games. The results have been hit or miss, but intriguing nevertheless.
Heading into Saturday’s showdown, ESPN’s computer model says there is a 81.8 percent chance that Baltimore wins.
Given how both the Ravens and Titans have gotten to this point, that prognostication is not especially surprising.
Baltimore has been arguably the best team in the NFL for most of the season and breezed right into the playoffs. Tennessee had to fight, scratch and claw its way in.
Once the Titans were in, though – they really impressed.
Last week, behind a superhuman effort from running back Derrick Henry, the underdogs were able to upset Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to advance to this round.
Unfortunately, on paper at least, Tennessee simply lacks the talent to compete with the Ravens.
Unlike New England’s underwhelming offensive attack this season, the Baltimore will have no issues scoring. The team’s offense is historically great.
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is the league MVP and will not be slowed down by Tennessee’s 21st ranked pass defense. Behind him, Baltimore’s offense is putting up 33 points per game on average.
In order to keep this game competitive, the Titans will need otherworldly performances from Henry (again) and quarterback Ryan Tannehill. To Tannehill’s credit, his offensive style should work decently well against Baltimore’s defense. The Ravens love to blitz, and Tannehill has a 120.2 rating against the blitz.
If Tannehill can get going and Henry performs like he did against New England, Tennessee definitely has a shot at shocking the world.
Is it a good shot? No, not really. But is it still a shot? Absolutely.