All-Pro Tennessee Titans running-back Derrick Henry will look to torment the Baltimore Ravens again when they meet in this week’s Wildcard round.
A year ago, the underdog Titans rode Henry’s 195 yards to a 28-12 win in the divisional round to upset the top-seed Ravens and MVP Lamar Jackson.
This year they meet with identical 11-5 records; Tennessee AFC South champions this time and Baltimore a wildcard.
Henry ran for 250 yards in last week’s 41-38 win over the Texans to become only the eighth 2000-yard rusher in NFL history.
He also ran for 133 and the game-winning overtime touchdown in Tennessee’s Week-11 30-24 win over Baltimore.
The Ravens, who beat Cincinnati 38-3 last week, are the only team with more rushing yards than the Titans on the season, thanks to Jackson’s dual-threat ability, but they also have the least passing yards in the league.Embed from Getty Images
Baltimore’s defence is stronger but has not shown it can stop Henry, whereas Tennessee’s has forced four Jackson turnovers in the past two meetings.
Defences keeping each star in check may be the key, while Jackson will have to limit mistakes as he looks for a first ever playoff win.
Neither team has any players out, although Baltimore has seven listed as questionable.
Predicted Score – Baltimore 27-31 Tennessee
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