Titans vs. Ravens Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 1 Odds, Prediction

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Aug 09, 2022

The first full week of the NFL preseason features the Baltimore Ravens hosting the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium.

August 11, 2022, 7:30 PM ET
M&T Bank Stadium

We’re set for an AFC showdown Thursday night as the Ravens and Titans kick off their respective preseason schedules in Baltimore.  Both teams suffered bitter ends in 2021 as Baltimore was ravaged by injuries and missed the playoffs, while Tennessee won the AFC South title, only to lose to Cincinnati in the divisional round.

Baltimore is a 3.5-point favourite to win on the NFL odds, with a total of 31.5.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

These teams never faced each other last season and they won’t have a regular season matchup this year.  The last time they met was the divisional round of the 2020 playoffs, with the Ravens winning 20-13.  Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson put up mediocre passing stats with 179 yards and an interception, but his run-game was spectacular as he racked up 136 rushing yards and a touchdown.  Ryan Tannehill countered for Tennessee with 165 passing yards and one touchdown and interception each.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has compiled a 40-12 record in preseason play since 2018.  Baltimore was 3-0 in the preseason last year.  Titans head coach Mike Vrabel is 4-7 in his preseason career.  Tennessee went 2-1 in the preseason last year.

Tennessee Titans

Despite having the fifth-best run-game in the NFL last season and winning the AFC South with a 12-5 record, the Titans bowed out of the playoffs largely because of a weak passing, with Tannehill throwing three interceptions against Cincinnati.  Losses from last season include receivers Julio Jones and A.J. Brown.  Jones was released in March and signed in Tampa Bay, while Brown was traded to Philadelphia at the trade deadline.  Robert Woods was brought in to help fill the void, but he’s still recovering from a torn ACL suffered last November and won’t play on Thursday.

Tannehill didn’t play a single preseason snap last year, so he likely won’t feature on Thursday.  While Tannehill’s position as the starting quarterback is secure, Tennessee will use the preseason to figure out who the No. 2 option will be between highly-touted rookie Malik Willis and Logan Woodside.  Woodside is currently listed as the backup, but Willis has a real chance to unseat him.  Willis generated almost 2,900 passing yards and 27 touchdown to go along with more than 1,800 rushing yards in two seasons at Liberty.

Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore is an absolute juggernaut in the preseason during Harbaugh’s tenure.  The Ravens are currently riding the longest preseason winning streak in NFL history at 20 straight games, with their last loss coming in 2015.  Subtractions from last year’s roster include receivers Hollywood Brown, who was traded to Arizona at the draft, and Sammy Watkins, who signed with Green Bay in the offseason.  Baltimore also declined to resign veteran running backs Latavius Murray and Devonta FreemanMike Davis was signed in free agency to be the Ravens’ veteran running back.

Key players expected to miss Thursday’s game include Jackson, cornerback Marlon Humphrey and tight end Mark Andrews.  One player to watch is Tyler Huntley, who is expected to be Baltimore’s backup quarterback this season.  Huntley completed more than 70 per cent of his passes in three preseason games last year.  In seven appearances and four starts during the regular season, Huntley threw for almost 1,000 yards and rushed for more than six yards per carry.

Harbaugh is 12-1 against the spread in preseason games during his tenure with Baltimore.

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