Ravens vs. Titans staff picks: Who will win Saturday’s divisional-round game in Baltimore?

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh on how focus the players are and difference in intensity for the playoffs.

Jen Badie, editor

Ravens 31, Titans 14: The Titans have had some impressive wins over the Patriots, Chiefs and Texans, but the Ravens are just the better, more balanced team. Running back Derrick Henry (No. 1 in rushing with 1,540 yards and 16 touchdowns) will present a challenge for the Ravens defense, but Lamar Jackson and the Ravens running backs should present more of a challenge for the Titans. With the Ravens having the rest and playing at home, as long as they can avoid a slow start, this game shouldn’t be close.

C.J. Doon, editor

Ravens 28, Titans 19: There’s a blueprint for a Titans victory, and it starts with running the ball effectively, chewing clock and keeping soon-to-be MVP Lamar Jackson on the sideline. Not to mention, Ryan Tannehill was one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the league in the regular season. But Jackson and the Ravens offense have been unstoppable all season, and they’ll make the most of whatever time they’re given. The Ravens’ stars might lack experience, but the playoff stage won’t rattle a team that has thought about the Super Bowl for months.

"The way he runs behind his paddles, the way when he gets started he's hold to stop," said tackle Brandon Williams when asked how Titans RB Derrick Henry.

Daniel Oyefusi, reporter

Ravens 26, Titans 19: If the Ravens can stop Titans running back Derrick Henry, they’ll coast to the AFC championship game and this will be over by the fourth quarter. Stopping the league’s rushing champion, however, is easier said than done. The first half, and really first quarter, will tell a lot. Do Lamar Jackson and the Ravens show any rust in their first game in weeks? Or do they come out strong, trying to put away an inferior team? Tennessee has the formula to keep it close but the Ravens are a far more talented team and that will eventually show.

Peter Schmuck, columnist

Ravens 31, Titans 23: The Ravens are going to have their hands full with Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill, but they are still a much better all-around team, they’re rested, they’re healthy and they’re playing at home. That should be an unbeatable combination, but this NFL postseason is already full of surprises, so they better be ready for anything.

Mike Preston, columnist

Ravens 30, Titans 17: The Ravens are coming off a bye week and some of their top players have had three weeks to rest. The Titans are well coached and disciplined but don’t have enough play makers to compete with the Ravens. Tennessee will keep it close for a while but Ravens will dominate in the second half.

Jonas Shaffer, reporter

Ravens 30, Titans 17: Yes, Tennessee has a well-oiled running game and an athletic, accurate quarterback. But the Ravens, in case you forgot, just set the NFL record for single-season rushing yardage. And they’re led by the NFL’s presumptive Most Valuable Player. Wherever the Titans are strong, the Ravens, on paper, are stronger.

Childs Walker, reporter

Ravens 31, Titans 21: With a devastating runner in Derrick Henry and a high-efficiency passing attack based on play action, the Titans can keep up with the Ravens’ league-best offense. But the Ravens can win in more ways, are well-rested and will benefit from a frenzied home crowd. Expect the Titans to keep things interesting on another wet game day in Baltimore but not interesting enough to stop the Ravens’ charmed run.

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