The Divisional round of the AFC playoffs kicks off on Saturday when the top seeded Baltimore Ravens (14-2) play host to the red hot Tennessee Titans (10-7). Baltimore is plenty rested for this game after earning a first round bye. Tennessee is coming off an upset of the New England Patriots in Foxborough and will look to play spoiler once again. This should be an awesome game between two of the hottest teams in the league, let’s take a closer look while making some NFL Betting predictions.
Titans vs Ravens 2020 NFL Divisional Round Odds, Preview & Prediction
Why Bet on the Tennessee Titans?The Titans opened the season on a slow note at just 2-4 and decided to make the switch to Ryan Tannehill and have not looked back since. They have since won eight of their last 11 games when he became the signal caller all while throwing for 2,544 yards while completing 70 percent of his passes and a TD-INT ratio of 20-6. His emergence has helped the rise of rookie wideout AJ Brown to look like one of the best young receivers in the game as his 19.3 yards per catch leads the league. He has amassed almost almost 1,000 yards over the final ten games of the season, but will be tested against the fearsome secondary of Baltimore.
Derrick Henry has been the best running back in the NFL this year as he won the rushing title for the first time while adding 15 touchdowns this season. He proved yet again to be a force to be reckoned with after rushing for 182 yards on over five yards a carry with 134 of those coming after first contact. His contributions in this game will be essential as the Titans will need to keep Lamar Jackson off the field for a chance to win and the best way to do that is to have the clock continue to run. That will prove tough as they rank 30th in the NFL in terms of time of possession despite being as run heavy as they are.
Why Bet on the Baltimore Ravens?The Ravens will have to step up defensively to win this game. They have been ranked as the fourth best defense in the NFL since acquiring Marcus Peters to shore up the secondary according to DVOA. Veteran Earl Thomas is enjoying a comeback season this year as the leader of this unit.
Chuck Clark and Marlon Humphrey are often asked to play man heavy coverage and simply have not been beaten very often as Humphrey will be headed to his first pro bowl this season. Matthew Judon has been the one to watch coming off the edge as his 9.5 sacks and six forced fumbles this season make him a legitimate threat for the Titans.
Baltimore set a record this year for the highest rush yardage per game with 206 ypg. Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram have been phenomenal this season as the two combined for over 2,220 yards all while only coughing up the ball four times. This trend should not change as the season continues as the titans ranked in the bottom half of the league in rush defense and will be without Jayon Brown who is the second leading tackler for Tennessee.
Ravens Big FavoritesThe Ravens are the 9.5 point favorites in this game on MyBookie and provide the safe bet in this game as the Ravens defense will face a favorable matchup against Tennessee’s defense who struggles to stop the run.
Baltimore also has the better and more complete defense as the secondary is loaded and the front seven is filled with players fast enough to chase Henry from sideline to sideline. Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore ravens will continue their push through the playoffs with a win over Tennessee.