By HCR Staff | Jan. 11, 2020
Similar to the Minnesota Vikings-San Francisco 49ers matchup, this game presents teams that have significant similarities. Here’s what we’ll be watching for.
Some of the principals have tremendous familiarity with each other…which will lead to a tight contest, in our view. Titans head coach Mike Vrabel played against Ravens head coach Harbaugh’s Ravens numerous times. Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees was DC for Harbaugh. This group has seen each other’s tricks enough to know to expect the unexpected. Onside kick, flea flickers, tackle-eligible plays. This kind of familiarity reduces the likelihood of surprise. Or, alternatively, there may be greater surprise outside of the norm. We’ll be watching every special teams play carefully.
Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill vs. Ravens secondary. In the Titans win versus the New England Patriots, Tannehill didn’t have great stats, but he did convert some key throws. He’s facing another veteran secondary today, and in bad weather to boot. Tannehill’s decision-making has been solid, but can it hold up one more week against the most blitz-heavy team in the league?
Titans linebacker Rashaan Evans vs Ravens QB Lamar Jackson. Nothing better than watching two superior athletes do their thing. Evans has great, and quick, instincts, and he’ll need all of it today. If Evans is productive early, the Titans stand a chance.