A lackluster 26-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans was not at all what Ravens’ fans were expecting in this game, especially after such a great start to the season with last week’s victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Most experts were picking the Ravens to not just beat the Tennessee Titans, but to beat them decisively.
Nothing could have been further from the truth.
The Ravens couldn’t get anything going on offense or defense. The Titans couldn’t get their running game going but seemed to throw on the Ravens with impunity. Quarterback Joe Flacco threw two costly interceptions after throwing three touchdowns versus Pittsburgh last week.
The game started with a scoreless first quarter. The Titans seemed to start fast with momentum and were able to score with a field goal in the second quarter. The Ravens answered with a 31-yard touchdown catch by Ray Rice, but the Titans took the game over after that.
They scored two touchdowns and three field goals during the remainder of the game, while the Ravens only managed two field goals.
Looking back, this loss should have been easier to predict than most people realize. There were several key factors that played a part in the outcome of the game. Let’s take a look at what we learned about the Ravens from the loss to the Titans.