First Look: Ravens-Titans

Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by NewsGrabber, Jan 4, 2009.

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    <em>Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky</em> <p>The rematch fans are thinking about goes back nine years.</p> <p>The rematch the Titans are thinking about goes back to Oct. 5. That's when the Titans went to Baltimore and <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=281005033" shape="rect" target="_blank">escaped with a 13-10 win</a> to move to 5-0.</p> <img align="right" alt="" height="80" src="http://assets.espn.go.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/med/trans/ten.gif" width="80" /><img align="right" alt="" height="80" src="http://assets.espn.go.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/med/trans/bal.gif" width="80" /> <p>On a day when <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=734" shape="rect" target="_new">Kerry Collins</a> managed a meager 52.0 passer rating and threw two picks, dynamic rookie running back <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=11258" shape="rect" target="_new">Chris Johnson</a> gained only 2.4 yards per touch, the Titans lost time of possession by nearly 10 minutes, their vaunted defense allowed 152 rushing yards and a physical front didn't get a sack, they won anyway.</p> <p>The winning drive was aided by a controversial roughing the passer penalty, when <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=4468" shape="rect" target="_new">Terrell Suggs</a> was flagged by Bill Carollo's crew for having allegedly grazed Collins' helmet. It converted a third-and-10 from the Tennessee 20-yard line and the Titans went on to finish an 80-yard drive with an 11-yard Collins-to-<a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=2583" shape="rect" target="_new">Alge Crumpler</a> touchdown pass that provided the final margin.</p> <p>The Titans have to go into Saturday's game at LP Field thinking they can do more on offense.</p> <p>And while Baltimore's vaunted defense is likely going to get more attention heading into the game -- in large part because of what it <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=290104015" shape="rect" target="_blank">did against the Dolphins</a> while the Titans rested at home -- Tennessee was second in NFL scoring defense this season and Baltimore was third. Also, the Titans have 31 takeaways to Baltimore's league-leading 34.</p> <p>Kerry Collins may be in for a tough day, but so should be <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=11252" shape="rect" target="_new">Joe Flacco</a>.</p> <p>Jeff Fisher will meet with the Nashville media Monday. In the meantime, the team sent out this statement from him:</p> <blockquote> <p>"Now that we know our opponent, we have a tremendous challenge ahead of us. Baltimore has improved in all areas since we saw them earlier this season. They are built around a strong run game and a great defense, which reminds us of the classic matchups against them in the past."</p> </blockquote>

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