The Tennessee Titans knocked the Baltimore Ravens out of last season’s NFL playoffs, with the pair on another collision course in the 2020 wild card round. One of the closest fixtures on the slate this weekend, we’ve picked a selection of bets that cover a range of bases but can each promise major returns, courtesy of BetMGM Tennessee.
- Baltimore enter wild card matchup as -185 moneyline favorites
- Ravens won five straight leading up to playoffs
- Titans lead all-time series 13-12 (2-2 in post-season)
Baltimore Ravens @ Tennessee Titans Game Info
Date: Sunday, January 10
Time: 1:055 p.m. ET
Venue: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
TV Info: ESPN
Tennessee Titans End Wild Card Weekend as Highest-Scoring Team (+800)
Tennessee are +155 moneyline underdogs as they get ready to host the Ravens, who will feature in the playoffs for the third year running. However, let’s not forget the Titans were the fourth-highest scorers in the league this season (491), scoring 41 or higher on five occasions.
How good was the @Titans offense this season?— Todd Fuhrman (@ToddFuhrman) January 6, 2021
•most yards in franchise history (6,343)
•the second-most points (491)
•became the first team in NFL history with a 2,000-yard rusher and 3,500-yard passer in the same season
They’ll need all those statistics and more facing a defensive behemoth like Baltimore, who conceded the second-lowest total in the league (303), an average of just 19 points per game. That’s not to say John Harbaugh is dealing with slouches in attack, however, considering Baltimore are averaging 37 points scored over their past five games.
If AFC South winners Tennessee are to stage a surprise, it only seems likely that it will be as a result of a slugfest, with Lamar Jackson, JK Dobbins & Co. unlikely to be caged for four quarters. The Titans head into the wild card round unfavored to score big, but those +800 odds could be made to look all too overpriced in the plausible event offense reigns as king in this clash.
Dez Bryant to Score and Ravens to Win (+600)
Now something for the Ravens fans, many of whom may have been nonplussed when it was confirmed the team had signed former Dallas Cowboy Dez Bryant in October. The 32-year-old was believed by many to be past his best and not necessarily what a Super Bowl contender required, but 11 receptions later and Bryant has at least had some impact.
It was actually in the 30-24 loss to the Titans in Week 11 that Bryant made his first NFL catch in more than three years, though he failed to make any count on the scoreboard. Prospects look different after Bryant made a TD catch in each of his last two appearances, fighting in what could be his last NFL playoff push as a player.
Bryant was targeted in those aforementioned wins (against the Giants and Jaguars) when Baltimore were already in the driving seat, but what better curve ball could Harbaugh throw than to the veteran receiver most have forgotten all about?
The Ravens’ receiving corps is far from the most stacked in the NFL, and Bryant is an experienced asset handy in clutch situations like these. If Baltimore do emerge victorious, it seems worthy of a punt betting Bryant can make one telling catch at +600 odds.
AJ Brown 1st Touchdown Scorer (+800)
Only two years into his NFL career and AJ Brown is quickly etching his name in the Titans history books, recording a second 1,000+ receiving yards season in as many attempts:
More Titans history going down today 💥— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) January 4, 2021
AJ Brown is the 6th player in franchise history with 1,000 receiving yards and 10+ TD in a season.
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One third of Brown’s 12 touchdowns this year came in the first quarter, proof the Ole Miss graduate likes himself a fast start. Brown is +800 to score the first touchdown in Sunday’s clash, which looks a good price considering he’s clearly Ryan Tannehill’s go-to option through the air.
Add to that the fact Baltimore have conceded the joint-third-fewest rushing touchdowns in the league (12), and Derrick Henry may not get a great deal of chances in the red zone. In that event, Brown will be the obvious target to put the Titans in an early ascendancy on home soil.
Ravens @ Titans Moneyline Odds
Baltimore Ravens: -185
Tennessee Titans: +155
Odds via BetMGM TN