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Ravens vs. Titans: Wildcard open thread

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The rematch we expected is mere moments away. After 364 days, the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans compete once again in the NFL playoffs.

This is exactly what Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta constructed this roster for. The drafted players, the trades, the signings, all of it. Now, it’s arrived and it’s time to find out whether the players and coaching staff have enough to overcome their renewed rival.

On paper, one could expect an offensive explosion. Baltimore boasts a run-game rivaling Derrick Henry’s juggernaut efforts. Between Lamar Jackson, Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins, they’ve eviscerated opponents with an average of 260 rushing yards per game over their last four affairs. Marquise Brown and the receiving unit have also come on strong, with a litany of touchdowns. They also face a defense struggling to contain chain-moving plays on third down and lack pass rushers to sack quarterbacks. The Ravens truly have a way to win here.

Defensively, Baltimore faces the same powerhouse offense the league has attempted to contain all season. Henry forged the path with 2,000 yards rushing. A.J. Brown is yet another powerful receiver who can make tough catches and go on to break tackles and dominate.

Forgotton in all the physicality of the Titans offense is Ryan Tannehill. In 16 games, Tannehill threw for 3,800 yards and 33 touchdowns. He’s added another 266 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground, also. He’s a dual-threat weapon in his own right and the Ravens defense must account for him or find themselves down once again.

This is the matchup we’ve all been waiting for. This is it.

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