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Instant analysis of the Ravens' 21-7 win over the Titans in Week 10

Baltimore Sun reporters, columnists and editors share their immediate reaction to the Ravens' game against the Tennessee Titans in Week 10 at M&T Bank Stadium.

Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: Sure, the Ravens weren't overly impressive. Their defense started slow. Their offense struggled throughout. But this league isn't about making statements in Week 10. The Ravens did what they had to do to get to their bye right in the thick of the AFC North race. The Ravens now have two weeks to get ready for the New Orleans Saints and figure out their issues. The most prominent among those are shaky secondary play and an inconsistent offense. But beyond that, it's tough to take anything away from beating the Titans, other than the Ravens got a victory that they badly needed.

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Aaron Wilson, reporter: Although the win wasn't particularly impressive considering it was against the last-place Titans, the Ravens eventually woke up from their slumber to manufacture a 21-7 win Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. The offensive line struggled for a long time to pick up blitzes, but eventually gave Joe Flacco enough time to execute the West Coast offense with a series of short passes. He also delivered a nice lob pass to Torrey Smith for a touchdown during one of the former Maryland standout's top games of a lackluster season.

Jon Meoli, reporter: The Ravens' offense owes the defense dinner after that one. Tennessee marched down the field on its first two drives, then didn't convert on third down again for the rest of the game. The patchwork secondary held its own and provided a foundation to build on over the bye week, and the front seven continued to be strong against a run-heavy offense. The offense's inconsistency continued for another week, though. The bye comes at a good time for that unit.

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Childs Walker, reporter: The Ravens delivered a startlingly listless performance in the first half. They couldn't give Joe Flacco throwing time or stop a Tennessee offense that had struggled to move the ball all season. But quality won out over time. The Ravens' front seven gradually ratcheted up the pressure rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger. And on offense, the Ravens neutralized Tennessee's rush, then wore down a poor run defense in the fourth quarter. With the Bengals and the Steelers both looking awful this week, the Ravens are right back in the AFC North mix, whether they played well or not.

Mike Preston, columnist: The Ravens beat the Titans, but they don't get any style points. They beat a team with rookies starting at running back, quarterback and left tackle. A win is a win, but it's nothing to brag about.

Ron Fritz, sports editor: After the defense allowed the Titans to moved the ball at will and control much of the first quarter, that was it for the Titans. Game over. The Ravens dominated the rest of the game, and they get to go into the bye week with a win. They're tied for the most wins (six) in the AFC North after the Steelers were upset by the Jets on Sunday.

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