Ravens / Titans Who Ya Like?

There are so many reasons to believe Tennessee will hold off Baltimore Saturday afternoon in Nashville, advancing to the AFC Title Game.  The Titans are well rested, playing at home, owners of the best record in the NFL, and are collectively uglier (in football, that’s a huge plus although King Ugly Hall of Famer Terrell Suggs works on evening that one out).

The simple fact that Tennessee owns the top seed means the Ravens must overcome an awful lot of statistical history.  Number one seeds in the divisional round win 79 percent of the time. 

And yet, it’s the Ravens whom so many say will advance.  They enjoy the tag, “team nobody wants to play”.  A defense that scores so often combined with an offense that rarely turns it over have earned them that.  They also are playing so well at the right time.  They’ve continuously gotten better as the season went on.

That’s why I like the Ravens too.  The Titans peaked in early November, finishing the season by splitting their last six games.  Too much parity in the NFL to believe you can just turn it on when the time is right.  Tennessee won’t, the Ravens already have.

Baltimore 16

Tennessee 9

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