Ravens (0-1) at Titans (0-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m.
RB Jamal Lewis: So much for split carries. Lewis rushed the ball 16 times against the Colts in the opener with mixed results - he ripped off gains of 9 and 25 yards in his first five attempts but finished with just 48 yards on 16 tries. Lewis has been held under 50 rushing yards in four of his past six games, though it's worth noting that he had just 2 attempts in one of those games and 8 in another.
But this is the weekend that Lewis gets well, against a Titans defense that's one of the worst in the league vs. the run (just ask Willie Parker). Tennessee lacks the talent up front - particularly at DE - to contend with the Ravens much-maligned offensive line, which took its share of criticism following Sunday's stinker. Look for Baltimore to wear down Tennessee on the ground, and for Lewis to top 120 yards with at least one touchdown.
RB Chester Taylor: One of these days, the Ravens are going to figure out a way to get both of their running backs involved in the game plan, and Taylor is going to blow up. Until then, he's an iffy play, even an RB3 slot.
TE Todd Heap: Heap appeared to be near full strength on opening night, solidifying his status as a top-5 TE. His value also gets a nice boost with QB Anthony Wright in the lineup – in his first start of the 2003 season, Wright connected with Heap for eight completions. Heap is set up for a nice week against the Titans, who gave up a TE touchdown last week to Pittsburgh's Heath Miller.
WR Derrick Mason: His effort against he Colts - 8 catches, 99 yards - proved that even in an inept offense, Mason can be a fantasy weapon. And with Wright at QB, he'll have a chance to stretch the field and possibly get in the end zone. Look for Mason to total 6-8 catches against his former team and get in the end zone for the first time this season.
Ravens defense: It's tough to pin last week's loss on the defense, which made Peyton Manning and the Colts look pretty ordinary for more than a half before imploding in the third quarter. Their task gets a lot easier this week against QB Steve McNair and a Titans offense that looked positively lost after scoring on its opening drive in a 34-7 loss to the Steelers last week.
Faced with constant pressure from the Pittsburgh pass rush, McNair was sacked three times, threw an interception and fumbled three times, losing one. His cause wasn't helped by a so-so ground game that features Chris Brown, who isn't healthy, and Travis Henry, who isn't good. Tight end Ben Troupe was on the receiving end of Tennessee's lone touchdown pass, no surprise considering that 11 of McNair's 18 completions went to TEs Troupe, Erron Kinney and Bo Scaife.
Drew Bennett has replaced Mason as the Titans top threat at receiver, making him the most likely source of a Tennessee touchdown this weekend. He'll have his hands full against Chris McAlister and the Ravens secondary, but 80 yards and a TD are reasonable expectations.
Ravens: OUT: QB Kyle Boller (foot). QUESTIONABLE: WR Devard Darling (thigh); CB Deion Sanders (thigh); LB Terrell Suggs (back); TE Daniel Wilcox (hip). PROBABLE: LB Peter Boulware (knee); TE Todd Heap (foot); RB Jamal Lewis (finger); S Ed Reed (thigh).
Titans: QUESTIONABLE: LB Keith Bulluck (calf); T Brad Hopkins (knee); DE Antwan Odom (knee); LB Cody Spencer (abdomen); TE Ben Troupe (foot/ankle).