The first of four rematches from the regular season pits the #6 Baltimore Ravens and the AFC #1 seeded Tennessee Titans from Nashville, TN. In week five, the Titans (13-3) went into M&T Bank Stadium and walked away with a 13-10 win over B-more.
The Ravens led 10-3 entering the fourth quarter, before Kerry Collins and Tennessee rallied, scoring ten unanswered points, capped off by an Alge Crumpler 11-yard touchdown reception with 1:56 left in the fourth quarter.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco, who has started all 17 games in his rookie season, threw his second and the game-deciding interception on the following drive to allow the Titans to stay unbeaten and head home winners.
Expect this to be a close and low scoring game between these two squads. In week five's game, both teams combined for 495 yards of total offense and both teams were penalized a total of 21 times for 169 yards.
Flacco will be key to Baltimore's success, as he had two interceptions in the loss to Tennessee earlier this year. He will need to pas efficiently and might need a couple touchdown tosses. The Ravens defense is a force and will need to limit Titans running back Chris Johnson. They may need to limit him to under 125 yards and keeping him from the end zone would be a plus.
Kerry Collins has been a great leader, but he has shown he cannot win the big game, just yet. Chris Johnson will run early and often, and do not be surprised if he rushes for upwards of 150 yards and dances in the end zone a few times.
I give the edge to the Titans, barely. It will be physical and the only way Baltimore may score is a defensive score, unless McClain and McGahee run well to give B-more good field position. My prediction: Titans win 17-13.