Biggest Plays of the Half
Kevin Byard gives the Titans some serious momentum by intercepting Lamar Jackson and taking the ball to the 50-yard line. At the end of the play, Jackson was given a personal foul penalty for grasping the opening of the helmet.
Jonnu Smith started off the scoring with a brilliant 1-handed touchdown catch. The Titans had a short field due to the interception and Ryan Tannehill delivered a perfect pass to Smith. It’s almost like you can smell the upset coming.
For the 1st time this season, Lamar Jackson and this Raven offense was stopped on a 4th and 1. As much momentum as that generated, there was much more created on the next play.
On the first play after the fourth-down stop, Ryan Tannehill threw a beautiful 45-yard touchdown pass to Kalif Raymond. The Titans are now up 14-0 and not looking back.
The Baltimore Ravens were in need of some energy and a defensive stop. DT Brandon Williams gave the Charm City crowd just that. He cut through the o-line like it was nothing and planted the 6’3 250 lb Derrick Henry into the ground. It was a 4 yard loss and 2 plays later, the Titans punted.
The first big offensive play for the Baltimore Ravens was a 30-yard connection between Lamar Jackson and Hollywood Brown. It took the ball to midfield and helped get the Ravens get on the board. Justin Tucker finished off the drive with a 49-yard field goal.
I was ready to go into the half with the Titans leading 14 to 3 but a beautiful pass and catch allowed the Ravens to get into field goal position and add another 3. Titans are currently leading 14 to 6.
So far in this game, it has been more about the Tennessee Titans rather than the favorite Baltimore Ravens. Lamar Jackson has been held in check. Ryan Tannehill has looked great on his 2 touchdown passes but it has been more about Derrick Henry and his bruising running attack. Lets hope the second half is as good as the first.
First Half Observations
-Lamar Jackson has not looked great the first half but it doesn’t help when your passes are being dropped. There needs to be a better effort from the pass catchers.
-Speaking of better effort, Lamar Jackson will get dinged for his interception, however I feel more of the blame goes on Mark Andrews for tipping the ball to the defender.
– The Titans were a 10 point underdog coming into the game. When you are a dog on the road you need to capitalize on mistakes, the Titans have done just that.
-I love aggressive coaching and Mike Vrabel did just that. After stopping Lamar Jackson on 4th down, I love the deep pass on the next play. It’s a bonus that it worked to perfection.
-The Ravens need to establish the run more with either Mark Ingram or Gus Edwards. I like Jackson running the ball but let your backs carry come of the load.
-Lamar Jackson is really good at navigating the pocket and creating more time for his wide receivers to get open.