Bottom 5 Passing Matchups Week 11

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Bottom 5 Passing Matchups for Week 11


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Tennessee at Baltimore

The Titans are fielding quite the efficient, yet low-volume passing offense this season. Ryan Tannehill has attempted just 282 passes for the Titans--sixth-fewest. However, he has led this team to 20 passing touchdowns with just three interceptions despite what has certainly been a run-first, but pass-when-needed offense. Tannehill has struggled in difficult matchups over the past two weeks, and that string of tough defenses continues with Baltimore now on deck. There has been no single stand-out pass-catcher for the Titans as production has been split pretty evenly between A.J. Brown, Corey Davis, and Jonnu Smith--all of whom combine for 15 of the team’s 20 receiving touchdowns. Brown is the top overall playmaker here, but Davis has seen a pair of 100+ yard outings while Jonnu Smith has been a top red-zone threat with six touchdowns. Target volume for Smith has been down since early in the season though, as he has seen two or fewer receptions in five straight outings.

The Ravens defense continues to impress against opposing passing offenses this season, ranking seventh-best in passing yards allowed per game (213.3) and second-best in yards-per-attempt at 6.5. This unit has been particularly effective in recent weeks, allowing opposing quarterbacks to pass for a league-low 185 passing yards per game since Week 5. Cornerback Marlon Humphries is the anchor of this secondary and has done an excellent job at shutting down opposing wide receivers. He missed Week 9 with an injury, but returned to his usual high level of play last week and should represent a difficult matchup for A.J. Brown on the right side. The Ravens pass rush has also been strong this season despite the mediocre sack numbers. Their defensive line is not exactly elite, but Yannick Ngakoue should be a tough matchup for backup tackle Ty Sambrailo on the left side. It is the contributions from the secondary that help set this pass-rush apart, with both Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey having success in creative pass-rush scenarios. This defense has allowed multiple touchdowns to wide receivers just once this season while also doing a decent job at limiting production from tight ends, so look for that success to continue against the low volume Titans passing attack.

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