NFL Game Previews: Wild-Card Round

NFL Game Previews: Wild-Card Round

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Baltimore at Tennessee (+3.5), o/u 54.5 – Sunday, 1:05 p.m. EST

Baltimore fans can be forgiven for having a bad feeling about this one. Last time these two teams met, Derrick Henry found the end zone in overtime in Week 11. Before that, Henry trampled over the Ravens for 195 yards in the divisional round almost exactly one year ago during another Titans victory. Baltimore played excellent football down the stretch, winning five consecutive games by an average score of 37-18, but only one was against a team with a winning record. Lamar Jackson put up solid numbers during that winning streak, thanks in part to better play from his offensive line, but he's still far from the MVP conversation this season. As for Tennessee, it's still basically the same team that made it all the way to the AFC championship game last season. Henry's having his usual late-season surge against weary defenses that want nothing to do with trying to tackle him by the second half, piling up 710 rushing yards and five TDs in the last four games. The Titans' pass rush is non-existent and their secondary is terrible, but with Ryan Tannehill pulling the string on play-action and Henry steamrolling everything in his path when he does get the ball, they've scored at least 30 points in six of their last seven games, with the lone miss coming in the snow at Lambeau. That OT win over Baltimore was the start of that stretch, and if they

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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