Jim Wyatt, SENIOR WRITER/EDITOR
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.
Here’s a look at the Ravens:
Last game: Lost to Browns, 12-9 in overtime.
Points for/against: 26.4 ppg/15.4 ppg.
Offense: 11th overall, 399.4 ypg (rushing 25th, passing 8th).
Defense: 3rd overall, 303.8 ypg (5th rushing, 4th passing).
Head coach: John Harbaugh.
QB: Joe Flacco (139-of-227, 1,550 yards, 8 TD, 3 INT, 87.8 rating).
Top RBs: Alex Collins (57 rush, 217 yards, 2 TD), Javorius Allen (34 rush, 96 yards, 3 TD).
Top WRs: John Brown (19 catches, 396 yards, 3 TDs), Michael Crabtree (24 catches, 250 yards, 1 TD), Willie Snead (23 catches, 253 yards, 1 TD).
TE: Nick Boyle (10 catches 114 yards, 0 TDs).
Sacks: OLB Terrell Suggs (3.5).
Leading tackler: SS Tony Jefferson (34).
Interceptions: Tony Jefferson, Brandon Carr, Tavon Young, Patrick Onwuasor, Anthony Levine – all with 1.
Kicker: Justin Tucker (12-14 FGs).
Punter: Sam Koch: 48.5 avg (40.2 net).
Last meeting: November 5, 2017: Titans 23, Ravens 20.
-Ravens DB/LB Anthony Levine played at Tennessee State University.
-Ravens football strategy coordinator/wide receivers coach Matt Weiss attended Vanderbilt, where he was a punter (2001-02). He began his coaching career at Smyrna High.
-Ravens coach John Harbaugh’s father, Jack Harbaugh, was the head coach at Western Kentucky from 1989-2002.
-Titans DC Dean Pees spent six years as defensive coordinator with the Ravens.
-Titans LB Kamalei Correa began his NFL career with the Ravens.
-Titans safety Kendrick Lewis played with the Ravens in 2015-16.
-Titans safety Brynden Trawick played from 2013-15 with the Ravens.
-CB Anthony Averett (hamstring)
-CB Brandon Carr (knee)
-DB Anthony Levine (hamstring)
-DT Michael Pierce (foot)
-RB De’Lance Turner (hamstring)
-LB Tim Williams (hamstring)
Ravens coach John Harbaugh on Titans defense:
“I think they’re excellent. They’re one of the top defenses in the league, you know? They’re playing very hard and very physical. They’re running the ball just like you’d expect from a Dean Pees defense, and a Mike Vrabel defense. You have a really nice combination of scheme, talent, players playing hard, and well-coached. All those things.”
Harbaugh on what stands out to him about QB Marcus Mariota and the Titans offense:
“Well, he stands out for one thing. It starts with the quarterback. I think they’re built around him. He does a really good job of running and passing – all the read stuff they’ve done, the drop back and play action. He does it very well. He’s a good runner. They have a solid offensive line, they really play hard and finish blocks. They’re really smart, you could see that. Good backs, two different kinds of backs that complement each other very well. There’s really good receivers as well. No. 84 (Corey Davis) is a guy that we loved coming out. He’s a Western Michigan guy, where my dad and I coached, so we had a fun time talking about that when he was coming out in the draft. I’m not at all surprised at how well he’s done. Then, Taywan Taylor, you know, my dad coached at Western Kentucky, so he’s a Hilltopper. That’s kind of fun, too. He’s a speed guy. There are so many good versatile players, and a really good scheme.”
Titans coach Mike Vrabel on what stands out about the Ravens:
“Well, they’re big, physical, long, defense-veteran group. They have long corners, instinctive linebackers. They have a young guy that can run. Obviously, (C.J.) Mosley gets them lined up and he’s productive. (Terrell) Suggs continues to produce at a high level into his mid-30s. They have two big, stout guys with (Michael) Pierce and (Brandon) Williams inside. They have length with (Chris) Wormley and (Brent) Urban. (Matthew) Judon has worked his way into being a very good outside linebacker in this league. Za’Darius Smith is a hybrid guy. When you have a veteran safety that can get guys lined up and disguise, it makes it very difficult. They’ve batted 40 balls this year. They have 40 PBU’s, which is about a season for some teams. They’ve drawn 15 holding calls as a defensive front. That means they’re active and they’re getting off blocks. I don’t know if that’s high, but it felt high when I was watching the five games. I was like, ‘Another hold, another hold. It’s first-and-20, second-and-20.’ So, you might as well trot Brett (Kern) out there and punt it. You have to be very conscience to not be able to grab them and hold them. Offensively, they got two backs that are good backs in (Alex) Collins and (Javorius) Allen. They have four tight ends that are basically interchangeable, and a speed receiver in (John) Brown. They have a big strong guy in (Michael) Crabtree and a crafty, strong, tough, warp the middle of the field guy with (Willie) Snead IV. I hope I’m not forgetting anybody.”