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Week 6 Game Recap: Baltimore Ravens 21, Tennessee Titans 0


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Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens offense was efficient and effective moving the ball with their downfield passing game. Joe Flacco played well outside of an interception and a few less than perfect throws. Flacco connected with Michael Crabtree for several big plays. Crabtree showed his chemistry with Flacco and his ability to make contested catches in tight spaces. John Brown was again the focal point of the opposing defensive coordinator and Flacco seemed less intent on forcing targets in the direction of Brown. Willie Snead led the team in targets with mixed results a number of his targets were at or behind the line of scrimmage. Alex Collins and Gus Edwards dominated the work in the run game while Buck Allen operated almost exclusively in the passing game.

Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota took more sacks (11) than passes completed (10) in a dreadful day for the Titans offense. The Titans offensive line had a terrible game despite being at full health until losing left guard Quinten Spain in the third quarter. Corey Davis led the team in targets (4), but could not get open in time for Mariota to find him for more than one reception. The rushing game was non-existent.

Baltimore Ravens

QB Joe Flacco, 75 offensive snaps, Pass: 25 - 37 - 238 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 4 - 0
Joe Flacco played well outside of a single bad decision that led to an interception. Flacco made several nice throws downfield and was excellent on third down. Flacco was not sacked in large part due to him making the correct reads against the blitz and getting rid of the ball quickly. Flacco led the Ravens down the field for a touchdown on their opening possession. Flacco connected with Michael Crabtree twice who came wide open on both occasions for gains of 21 and 27. Flacco then showed off his accuracy with a well placed back shoulder throw to Crabtree for a 4 yard touchdown. Flacco and the Ravens scored another touchdown on their second possession. Flacco moved the Ravens down the field with 3rd down conversions to Willie Snead and John Brown to set up an Alex Collins touchdown. Flacco made another sideline throw to Crabtree for a 20 yard gain. A few plays later Flacco made an ill advised throw to Willie Snead that was tipped and intercepted. Snead was well covered on the play and Flacco's pass was too high. Flacco responded with another touchdown drive to open the second half. Flacco connected with Snead for gains of 24 and 13. Lamar Jackson contributed a 22 yard run down the sideline and Collins capped the drive with another touchdown.

RB Alex Collins, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 19 - 54 - 2
Alex Collins was hit in the backfield or met at the line of scrimmage on a large percentage of his carries. Collins ran hard and made defenders miss or work to bring him down when he could. Collins was bottled up on all of his carries until he found a nice crease behind James Hurst and Marshal Yanda for a 13 yard touchdown. Collins showed his quick feet and burst on the play. Collins scored another touchdown this time from 2 yards out. Collins showed nice vision on the play bouncing the run to the outside after no hole opened up inside. Collins saw almost no involvement in the passing game and split work with Gus Edwards on the ground. The Ravens coaching staff is conscious of the amount of work Collins receives as he has already dealt with some lower body ailments this season. Don't expect Collins to handle more than 20 touches barring an injury.

RB Javorius Allen, 28 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0, Rec: 3 - 18 - 0 (3 targets)
Buck Allen made some nice plays early in the game but played a limited role because the Ravens held the lead almost the entire game. Allen made a catch out of the backfield and picked up 11 yards on 3rd and 10. Allen converted another 3rd down with a 6 yard catch on 3rd and 5. The Titans' coverage on both of these plays left Allen uncovered in the flat. Allen drew a holding call on a target 8 yards downfield resulting in another 3rd down conversion. Allen saw decreased usage in the run game which could be a trend going forward.

WR Willie Snead, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 60 - 0 (10 targets)
Willie Snead saw the most targets of any Raven and produced mixed results. Snead was the target of Flacco's intercepted pass but it was not Snead's fault. Snead was targeted on a number of screen passes at or behind the line of scrimmage resulting in minimal yardage. Snead made a nice catch with three defenders around him for an 11 yard gain on 3rd and 9. The Ravens clearly made an effort to get Snead more involved in the offense but 3 consecutive targets for Snead resulted in 2 catches for 4 yards. Snead got matched up on a linebacker and ran a seam route for a catch and run of 24 yards on 3rd and 17. Snead ran an in breaking route and absorbed a hit but picked up 13 yards.

WR Michael Crabtree, 40 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 93 - 1 (9 targets)
Michael Crabtree played his best game of the season consistently winning on routes downfield and making plays. Crabtree proved to have good timing with and the trust of Joe Flacco. Flacco was trusting Crabtree to make plays and releasing the ball before Crabtree had gained separation. Crabtree was targeted on the Ravens' first offensive snap of the game. Crabtree gained separation running a deep comeback route along the sideline for a 21 yard gain. Crabtree made an easy catch after coming wide open deep down the sideline for a 27 yard catch and run. Crabtree made a nice back shoulder catch with Malcolm Butler in coverage for a 4 yard touchdown. Crabtree made an impressive toe tapping sideline grab for 20 yards running a deep out route. Crabtree was narrowly missed twice by Flacco once when he was uncovered just before halftime and second on a downfield target. Crabtree made a 17 yard catch again beating Butler down the sideline this time running a 9 route.

WR John Brown, 41 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 28 - 0 (3 targets)
John Brown made his first catch on a deep back shoulder throw downfield for 23 yards. Brown made a 5 yard catch running a comeback route. Brown was almost a non factor in the game as the Titans' rolled coverage in his direction preventing deep targets. This week the Ravens offense made an adjustment to Brown being double covered instead of force feeding him targets. Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead were the primary beneficiaries. Brown is still the Ravens' most dangerous play maker and expect him to be heavily involved in the offense going forward.


Tennessee Titans

QB Marcus Mariota, 44 offensive snaps, Pass: 10 - 15 - 117 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 25 - 0
Marcus Mariota took more sacks (11) than passes completed (10) in a dreadful day for the Titans offense. He was playing through a known elbow injury, trying to find his grip both with and without a glove. Neither would have mattered though as the offensive line had an extremely tough time against the Ravens front seven. There were few highlights to speak of here for Mariota with his longest pass of the game going to Corey Davis near the end of the third quarter--a 24-yard strike over the middle of the field. Mariota found Tajae Sharpe on a couple lengthy passes as well, but other than those plays, he struggled on every single drive to find an open receiver against a combination of solid coverage in the secondary and nonstop pressure that overwhelmed his offensive line. Mariota did log a 21-yard scramble down the right sideline near the end of the third quarter, but the many other times he even tried to run, he was bottled up by the Ravens defense.

RB Derrick Henry, 12 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 21 - 0, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (1 targets)
The rushing game could not get going for the Titans as the entire offense struggled this week. Four of Derrick Henry’s seven rushing attempts came on the first drive for a combined nine yards to start the game. Henry would add one more carry before halftime, then rush just three times in the second half--none of which were effective plays. The Titans offensive line had a really bad game here as they could neither pass nor run block against a stout Ravens defensive front. With the combination of poor offensive rhythm and the need for Henry to chip in blocking, this game stacked up to what has been a routinely dreadful showing.

RB Dion Lewis, 32 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 9 - 0, Rec: 2 - 5 - 0 (2 targets)
Dion Lewis saw two fewer rushing attempts than Derrick Henry as neither running back proved to be effective on a day riddled by poor offensive line and quarterback play. Lewis did break a run for seven yards out of the shotgun in the second quarter, but that was his only gain of greater than two yards in this dreadful offensive performance.

WR Tajae Sharpe, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 33 - 0 (2 targets)
Tajae Sharpe led the Titans in receiving yards with 33 yards from two receptions. Sharpe hauled in the first long pass of the day, 17 yards, on the first drive for the Titans. Sharpe’s next reception came in the second quarter, and he would not be involved thereafter as Marcus Mariota struggled mightily to find any of his receivers.

WR Taywan Taylor, 33 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 13 - 0 (2 targets)
Taywan Taylor hauled in only one reception as he was minimally involved in the offense on a day where Marcus Mariota was sacked 11 times. Taylor did have a wide open deep look late in the first quarter that would have been a touchdown if not overthrown by Mariota.

WR Corey Davis, 38 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 24 - 0 (4 targets)
Corey Davis had a tough day, as did the rest of the Titans offense. Marcus Mariota only completed 10 passes as he was too busy running for his life. Davis struggled to get open quickly though, making it hard for Mariota to find him. Davis’ one reception came on a play where Davis made a nice move away from the cornerback to attack the football and make the reception. This 24-yard catch was the longest play on offense for the Titans.