Ravens Shut Out Titans on the Road 21-0
Final Score: Ravens 21 Titans 0
What went right: The Ravens opened up the game with a beautiful 17 play, 94 yard drive and capped it off with a Michael Crabtree four yard touchdown catch. The offense backed that up by turning their next possession into a 7 play, 52 yard drive capped off by an Alex Collins 13 yard touchdown run. The Ravens went 8 of 9 on third down in the first half and jumped out to 14-0 lead entering halftime. The final offensive score came in the third quarter via another Alex Collins touchdown run for 2 yards.
The defense dominated the Titans from beginning to end, racking up 11 sacks and kept the heat on Marcus Mariota all game long. Six of those sacks came by halftime and the Titans were unable to slow down the pass rush from any angle. Wide receiver Willie Snead has also been heating up over the past few games and was a consistent chain mover all game long totaling 7 catches for 60 yards.
What went wrong: Not much to go wrong in a shutout victory, but you could say the only item of concern would be getting the ground game off to hotter start. At the half, the Ravens only had 39 rush yards. Granted, the Titans run defense is stout and the unit was ranked 8th heading into the contest, but the Ravens results are historically proven when running the ball successfully in games.
Joe Flacco had one interception that was more of a tip drill than it was a bone head play. Overall, the Lamar Jackson packages continue to halt the offense in terms of momentum and the team needs to be a bit more creative in how they are using him. The entire league knows Lamar will be running the ball when he comes into the game. Time to take it to the next level Marty.
Injuries: Guard Alex Lewis was taken off the field on a cart after going down in the fourth quarter. Lewis was blocking on a called run play when he voluntarily took a knee and then went down afterwards. At this time, it was reported to be a neck injury and the cart was there to stabilize him as well as for precautionary measures. He was then taken to nearby Vanderbilt Medical Center for testing. Backup lineman Bradley Bozeman filled in for Lewis.
Looking ahead: The Ravens return home to host the New Orleans Saints. The Saints are coming off an emotional Redskins victory where Drew Brees broke the all-time NFL passing yards record. The Saints are a dangerous offense and with Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas and Drew Brees. They can strike from anywhere and now have the ability to grind out games with Mark Ingram returning from suspension. The Ravens match up well against them and will have to contain Alvin Kamara from explosive plays.
Notable: The Ravens broke their franchise record with 6 sacks at haftime and 11 total for the game. Today’s game was their first shutout victory since last seasons 23-0 victory over the Green Bay Packers. The Ravens are now tied for first place in the AFC North with the Bengals.
Fantasy: Michael Crabtree bounced back and found the endzone going 6 for 93 and one score, depending on matchup, he could be a WR2 for you or a flex play at worst…John Brown only caught 2 for 28 which I believe was more gameflow than gameplan…If you are in a deep league, then you must grab Willie Snead before your league-mates get wise to his current production numbers, 18 catches for 171 yards, no touchdowns but they will be coming…Hayden Hurst has been activated but not getting much for targets or production, I’m holding onto him another week or so and then I am moving on…the Ravens defense is for real, Ihave never traded for a defense in fantasy football, but for them, I would consider it…Alex Collins came up with two TD’s and as long he isn’t in Harb’s doghouse, he is worth a flex play at worst or bye week fill-in on your roster
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