Baltimore Beatdown’s bold predictions for the Ravens divisional playoff game:
Lamar Jackson becomes just the eighth player in NFL history to rush for over 200 yards in a playoff game, totaling 218 yards on the ground, second only to RB Eric Dickerson. I have a feeling we are about to see another level of Jackson. - Eric Misotti
Baltimore dominates the first half with three Jackson to TE Mark Andrews touchdowns and a red zone interception by CB Jimmy Smith. RB Derrick Henry gets loose in the third quarter but OLB Matthew Judon finishes off the Titans with a fourth-quarter strip-6. - Vasilis Lericos
Despite nursing a calf injury leading up to kickoff, RB Mark Ingram looks healthy and spry, taking the spotlight away from Henry with over 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The defense of the Ravens forces two turnovers on QB Ryan Tannehill, one via an interception by FS Earl Thomas and the other via a strip sack by Judon. Jackson ices the game with a 30-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, giving Baltimore a 10-point victory and booking their ticket to the AFC Championship. - Frank J. Platko
The Ravens are able to slow Henry down by focusing on stopping the run. Tannehill struggles to put Tennessee’s offense on his back without Henry dominating on the ground and the ability to rely on play-action passes. Baltimore’s defense comes up with two interceptions, one by CB Marcus Peters. The Titans are held to less than 275 yards of total offense. - Jakob Ashlin
Justin Tucker kicks four or more field goals, which almost feels insane to be considered a “bold prediction” due to both his skill level and the historic ineptitude on offense for the Ravens. This year has been different though, as the spotlight stealing kicker has largely been relegated to the sidelines thanks to Baltimore’s offensive renaissance.
In this game, however, Tucker will be featured heavily for a few reasons, the first being Jackson and the offense having to knock off the rust after a two-week break and the other being that Tennessee will match the Ravens a bit from a physicality standpoint. I’m envisioning a black-and-blue, field-position game, where the team with the better kicker has the necessary advantage. Sound familiar? - Jacob Louque
Fans begin to panic as Baltimore starts slow before Jackson lights his hair on fire by leading the Ravens on four scoring drives in the second and third quarter. The defense forces two second-half turnovers and three sacks. - Spencer Schultz
The hype surrounding Henry is extinguished on Saturday when he is limited to under 50 rushing yards by Baltimore’s stingy defense. Jackson starts fast, silencing any concern of rust as he throws for three touchdowns in the first 20 minutes of the game. With a lead, the defense is able to feast on Tannehill, as CB Marlon Humphrey and SS Chuck Clark both pick him off. DT Brandon Williams forces a fumble on sack as well, which is recovered by OLB Jaylon Ferguson.
The Ravens steamroll their way to the AFC Championship with a 36-13 victory over the Titans on Saturday night. - Dustin Cox
Baltimore reminds everyone why they finished with the best regular-season record and are the top team in the playoffs by clobbering Tennessee. The starters return after more than two weeks of rest and register 17 points in the first quarter alone. Andrews and Hayden Hurst carve up the middle of the defense.
The Titans find themselves down and Tannehill is forced to throw for the majority of the game with little success. The tandem of All-Pro cornerbacks for the Ravens do all they can to force incompletions but come up empty in the takeaway department. Still, many drives stall for the away team.
In the end, the game is in runaway mode by the fourth quarter and Baltimore begins preparations for the AFC Championship. - Kyle P. Barber