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Ravens Open as Surprising Road Favorite Against Titans for Wild Card Matchup

Wild Card Round - Tennessee Titans v Baltimore Ravens
Wild Card Round - Tennessee Titans v Baltimore Ravens / Will Newton/Getty Images

The Baltimore Ravens (11-5) get a chance at redemption against the Tennessee Titans (11-5) in the Wild Card round of the 2021 NFL Playoffs. Baltimore has bowed out of the playoffs in its first game in each of the last two seasons, including last year's 28-12 loss against the Titans.

The Ravens were favored in both those playoff games at home, and now oddsmakers at FanDuel Sportsbook have made Baltimore a 3.5-point road favorite at Tennessee.

Bettors also have options of playing the Ravens on the moneyline (-200) to just win the game straight up. The moneyline has been a popular bet as it opened -184 on the Ravens. The over/under is the highest in the Wild Card round at 54.5. Based on the odds and point spread, that means a estimated projected score of Ravens 29-26, and a team total of 28.5 for the Ravens.

Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson has taken criticism for his playoff performances, and now he has a chance to silence them with a better performance and Ravens road win. The Ravens went 6-2 straight up (SU) and 5-3 against the spread (ATS) on the road this season. Baltimore was 4-4 SU/ATS against playoff teams and the Ravens enter the playoffs on a 5-game winning streak. One of those wins was over the playoff bound Cleveland Browns in a wild fourth quarter and finish, 47-42.

The Ravens and Titans played in Week 11 of the 2020 regular season and Tennessee left Baltimore with a 30-24 overtime win. The Ravens were a 6-point favorite that day and the Titans overcame a 21-10 second half deficit to win on RB Derrick Henry's 26 yard touchdown run.

The Ravens and Titans match-up features the league's top two rushing teams. Baltimore led the league in rushing averaging 192 yards per game with QB Jackson (1,005 rushing yards), and running backs J.K. Dobbins (805) and Gus Edwards (723) providing a powerful attack.

The Titans averaged 168 rushing yards per game and Henry reached a very rare milestone this season rushing for 2,027 yards. That included 250 rushing yards in the Week 17 AFC South-clinching win over Houston to secure the Wild Card round home playoff game against the Ravens.

Baltimore will need to contain Henry better and create turnovers if they want to snap their playoff losing streak the last two years.

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