Titans, Ravens meet in matchup of grinders

The Baltimore Ravens visit the Tennessee Titans on Sunday and similarities between the two are difficult to ignore.The Ravens and Titans both suffered bad road losses in Week 5.Both teams are having trouble running the ball and were hurt Sunday by wide receiver drops.The Ravens were averaging 33.5 points per game until their 12-9 loss in which Joe Flacco threw 56 passes, completing 29. Wide receiver Michael Crabtree has 24 receptions, but also has six drops, including one that would have been a touchdown in the final minute of regulation Sunday.”You see him out here, catching, he’s got one of the surest pair of hands I’ve ever seen,” Flacco said regarding Crabtree’s drops. “It’s just about relaxing, letting the game come to you, not trying to do too much. I think it’s something that he’ll definitely get over.”Meanwhile, the Ravens (3-2) are 25th in the NFL with 94.4 rushing yards per game.”It’s one player away, or one little mistake away from big yards or a big gain or possibly a touchdown,” running back Alex Collins said. “That’s the most important thing, is that we just trust the game plan and trust the system and trust what our coaches have been teaching us.”Big running plays could come Sunday when the Ravens face their former defensive coordinator Dean Pees, who now runs the Titans defense. His unit ranks seventh overall and tied for third in points allowed but is allowing 123.2 rushing yards per game (26th overall).Tennessee’s offense will have to contend with a Ravens defense that leads the league in fewest points allowed (15.4 per game) and is third in fewest yards allowed (303.8 per game).”I think across the board they’ve got players in every part of their defense,” Titans quarterback Marcus Mariotta said. “Whether it’s owning the line of scrimmage, causing havoc in the back end, they’ve done a great job.”

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