Ravens Out for Revenge against Titans

Ravens Out for Revenge against Titans

They are the bully everyone's scared of until they get hit - then the facade breaks.

Playoff football is nearly here, and there are some big-time games this weekend.

Lamar Jackson has an NFL MVP trophy, two 1,000-yard running seasons and a 30-7 regular-season record as a starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens.

Let's start with Saturday's January 9th games first because we have some unbelievable football games kicking off.

Jackson's waited 12 months for another chance to win a playoff game, and now here's his shot to get it done.

After opening as a 6.5-point home favorite, the Bills are now laying a full seven versus the Colts, while the total hasn't moved after opening at 52. I think it was (expletive). I will go out on a limb here and say the Bills win by at least 7.

The Seattle Seahawks are favored by 4.5 points over the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday.

While it's a bit harsh to say definitively that Jackson can't win a big game, he hasn't yet proven that he can.

Yet what could be seen a dark cloud approaching the National Football League with the expected retirement of four quarterbacks with their names engraved firmly in the record books and, for three of them, in Super Bowl lore, is brightened immensely with the knowledge greatness is ready to replace them. But I'm definitely trying to erase that narrative right there. Including that loss, Pittsburgh is just 1-2 in its last three home playoff games. Baltimore is now a 3.5-point road favorite, while the total sits at 54 points.

Jackson finished with 54 yards rushing, but he was booed by many in the crowd of 70,432 after the host Ravens fell behind by 20 points. The Titans will come out swinging as always, punching the Ravens square in the teeth through Derrick Henry, while Ryan Tannehill - who had 10 touchdowns to four interceptions under pressure this season - won't be fazed by their blitz-heavy attack. Both will be playing Sunday, and the Ravens believe that having all hands on deck will prevent Henry from sinking them. If the Ravens can control him, they will win. They haven't kept Henry under control the last two times they've faced him, but Calais Campbell and Brandon Williams weren't in the lineup Week 11.

"I really feel like I'm a man now and I'm ready to take on those challenges", said the Clemson quarterback - who is certain to be taken first overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars - on a social media video. You can give them 14 and I think the Saints will cover.

We get to see a great group of quarterbacks, including Josh Allen, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Lamar Jackson, Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson, while veteran staples Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger are hoping for another kick at a playoff run while their careers are winding down.

The last two years, the one team that has been the burr under the Baltimore Ravens saddle have not been the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Cleveland Browns.

Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski told reporters on Sunday they know beating Pittsburgh on the road will be hard.

Still, the Browns do have time to at least prepare on paper for dealing with the loss of Joel Bitonio, their best offensive lineman.

This week will be fun to watch, but there are a lot of points being spread out.

Florio's take: We're about to find out how valuable a good coach is, based on the absence of Cleveland's head coach. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission.

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