Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer 14d

Ravens-Titans matchup carries biggest playoff implications of Week 9



NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Even though it’s Week 9 on the NFL schedule, the result of Sunday’s game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Tennessee Titans is expected to have a major impact on the postseason fate of each of these teams.

The Ravens' chances of making the playoffs would increase to 62 percent with a victory but would fall to 28 percent with a loss, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. Meanwhile, the Titans' odds of reaching the postseason would jump to 54 percent with a win but would plummet to 25 percent with a defeat.

This game has the league's biggest playoff implications of the week.

“Yes, we all understand that,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “That’s not something that we’re going to ignore. This is an AFC game, and obviously, [the Titans] are a team that will be in the conversation probably at the end.”

Baltimore (4-4) is not just looking to jump above .500 for the first time since Oct. 8. By upsetting the Titans (4-3), the Ravens would improve to 5-2 against AFC competition and hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over Tennessee, both of which could weigh heavily in the competition for the conference's final two playoff spots.

“This is big, baby. We need this win,” Baltimore wide receiver Mike Wallace said. “This is a team when it comes down to who’s in, who’s out, it’s going to come down to these teams. This Titans team is good. It’s going to be a tough win for us. But we’re up to the challenge.”

Here are other notes from ESPN’s Stats & Information:

  • Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who is expected to play after being cleared from the concussion protocol, has a 31.0 QBR this season, which ranks 28th in the NFL. Flacco has been awful on third down this season, ranking last in Total QBR (6.8).

  • Baltimore wide receivers have been among the league's least productive. They have just 705 receiving yards this season, which ranks 30th in the NFL. The receivers also have caught 50.4 percent of their targets, which ranks 31st in the NFL (ahead of only the Cleveland Browns).

  • Alex Collins leads all qualified rushers in yards per rush (6.0). The rest of Baltimore's running backs average 3.6 yards per carry.

  • The Ravens' defense has a 38.3 Total QBR overall against it this season, second best in the NFL, behind the Jacksonville Jaguars (31.8). But the defense has been worse on the road, allowing a 46.2 QBR, as compared to a 32.4 at home.

  • Inside linebacker C.J. Mosley has 68 tackles this season, tied with Joe Schobert for second in the NFL, behind Zach Brown and Demario Davis (75). For his career, Mosley has eight interceptions, the second most by a linebacker in Ravens franchise history (Ray Lewis had 31).

  • The Ravens have lost two of their past three regular-season meetings with the Titans. Baltimore did win the most recent outing, 21-7 in 2014.

  • Baltimore is 2-2 on the road this season, representing as many victories as the Ravens managed away from home during each of the previous two seasons, when they went 2-6 both times.

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