NFL Divisional Round Betting Preview and Picks: Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens
The second game of the Divisional Round in the NFL Playoffs is an AFC contest between the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens, with a ticket to the AFC Championship on the line. In this article, we’ll preview what’s to come and what we expect, plus give out a few picks for the point spread, over/under total, and a player prop.
We also enjoy you to check out the Divisional Round podcast from Gridiron Gamble football betting podcast for more on this weekend’s games.
Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens (-9.5)
Saturday, January 11, 2020, at 8:15 p.m. ET
M&T Bank Stadium
The team with the best regular-season record will be on display Saturday night, as the Baltimore Ravens get ready to host the Tennessee Titans. Mike Vrabel and company are flying high coming into this matchup, having put a likely end to the New England Patriots dynasty. Now they face the best offense in football, who is nearly double-digit favorites on the points spread over Tennessee despite last week’s upset.
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Highest-Scoring Offense on Display
Lamar Jackson and company have had two full weeks to rest and revamp their lethal, high-scoring offense. Baltimore led the league in points per game with over 33 a game and they will be looking to light up the scoreboard once again on Saturday. However, they have a tough Titans defense coming in that just held Tom Brady and the Patriots to 13 points, including 0 in the second half.
Unfortunately, the Ravens couldn’t present much more of an opposite challenge for the Titans than the plodding Patriots. It is going to be a long night for these linebackers and secondary members, who have to balance moving up to limit Jackson while also preventing the big-play ability of Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown. For Tennessee, the game plan on offense shouldn’t be changing.
Derrick Henry Best in the League?
Coming into last week, Bill Belichick and the Patriots defense knew exactly what the Titans were planning to do against them, and yet, they just couldn’t stop it. Derrick Henry rumbled all night long, logging 34 carries for 182 yards and a touchdown. This week, Henry figures to once again be the center of the game plan, as the Titans will want to try and control the time of possession. Ryan Tannehill only threw 15 passes last week, and if Vrabel has his way, there will be a similar number in the box score this week.
Henry has logged well over 100 yards in six of his last seven games, and if he can get going once again, Tannehill should be able to take some shots against Marcus Peters, who loves to gamble on routes.
Best Point Spread Pick: Titans (+9.5)
We would love this number at the Titans (+10) that it opened up at, but we still think that Vrabel and the Titans can do enough to keep this game close. Henry will once again show why he is the hottest running back in the league right now, which should lead to some lengthy drives for the Titans. Long drives will favor the plus number when it is this large and the backdoor will be open if the Titans can prevent the blowout.
Best Over/Under Pick: Under 46.5
If we expect both teams to run the ball throughout the game, leading to lengthy, clock-chewing drives, then the under should be in play in this one. Of course, it’s possible that the Ravens catch fire and cover this number by themselves, but in Jackson’s second playoff game, and first as a massive favorite, there should be some nerves that could limit the early scoring. Take the under.
Best Player Prop: Mark Andrews Over 47.5 Receiving Yards
Mark Andrews has been Jackson’s most consistent target throughout the season, and he has gone over 50 yards in three of his last four contests. With the double bye, Andrews will be able to heal up a couple of injuries that have been nagging him for the second half of the season. Look for Andrews to hit a couple of shots up the middle off the play-action pass and hit this number with a few big plays.