The Baltimore Ravens have won two Super Bowls this century despite not being the AFC’s top seed either time. For the first time in franchise history, they are No. 1 in the postseason as the AFC North champions host the No. 6 Tennessee Titans in Saturday night’s divisional round game in the 2020 NFL Playoffs. With a victory, the Ravens would host the AFC title game for the first time against the No. 2 Chiefs or No. 4 Texans. A Tennessee upset would send the Titans on the road once again.
Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. ET from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The home side is a nine-point favorite in the latest Ravens vs. Titans odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 47. Before you make any Titans vs. Ravens picks of your own, make sure you check out what SportsLine No. 1 NFL expert Mike Tierney has to say.
No one knows football like Tierney. The veteran sportswriter, whose work has appeared in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, has covered football of all levels for decades. And that expertise has been evident since he joined SportsLine in 2016. He is 9-1 in his last 10 Baltimore NFL picks against the spread, and he’s also SportsLine’s No. 1 NFL expert after going 3-1 on Wild-Card weekend. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now Tierney has dialed in on Ravens vs. Titans in the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs 2020 and released another confident against-the-spread pick. You can head to SportsLine to see it. Here are the NFL lines and trends for Ravens vs. Titans:
- Ravens vs. Titans spread: Baltimore -9
- Ravens vs. Titans over-under: 47 points
- Ravens vs. Titans moneyline: Baltimore -437, Tennessee +339
- TEN: Titans are 6-1-1 ATS in their past eight vs. AFC teams
- BAL: Ravens are 4-1 ATS in their past five Saturday games
Why the Ravens can cover
Tierney knows the Ravens had the NFL’s best record at 14-2. Those victories set a franchise mark, as did their 12-game winning streak to close out the regular season. They haven’t lost since late September and their past three victories all have been by at least 16 points.
Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson led the NFL with 36 touchdown passes and also set a single-season quarterback rushing record with 1,206 yards on the ground. The former Heisman Trophy winner is the first player in NFL history to rush for at least 1,000 yards and throw for 30 scores in the same season. Running back Mark Ingram also had a 1,000-yard rushing season, and the Ravens’ 3,296 rushing yards in 2019 were a league single-season record. Baltimore has won eight of its past 10 playoff games as a favorite and covered in seven.
Why the Titans can cover
Even so, Baltimore is no guarantee to cover the Titans vs. Ravens spread in the NFL Playoffs 2020. The Titans were one of three road teams to win on Wild-Card weekend. And while it’s very tough to win in Baltimore, Tennessee will not lack confidence after going to New England and potentially ending the top dynasty in league history with a 20-13 upset. Tennessee’s run defense will need to be up to the task to slow the Ravens’ rushing attack, but the Titans were stout against the run last week, allowing just 98 yards.
Meanwhile, Tennessee has arguably the toughest running back in the NFL to bring down in Derrick Henry, as the former Heisman Trophy winner is a 6-foot-3, 250-pound tank. New England was the top-ranked overall defense in the league during the regular season, but was gashed for 182 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries by Henry. Those were the most rushing yards allowed by a Bill Belichick-coached Patriots team in the postseason. Henry can help the Titans chew clock and keep Jackson off the field. Plus, the Titans have covered six of their past eight games overall.
How to make Ravens vs. Titans picks
We can tell you Tierney is leaning under, but he also says a critical x-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s sharing what it is, and which side to back, only at SportsLine.
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