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Ravens vs. Titans staff picks: Who will win Sunday’s Week 11 game in Baltimore?

Here’s how The Baltimore Sun sports staff views the outcome of Sunday afternoon’s game between the Ravens and the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium:

C.J. Doon, editor

Ravens 27, Titans 24: If the Ravens can’t find a way to move the ball consistently against the Titans, the problems on offense might not be fixable this season. This is a Tennessee defense that ranks 24th in efficiency, allows 4.5 yards per carry and is one of the worst in the league at pressuring the quarterback. Lamar Jackson and Co. should be able to run and pass with relative ease, the way the Colts did in averaging 6.3 yards per play in last Thursday’s 34-17 win over the Titans. So why will it be close? Ryan Tannehill remains an efficient passer, Derrick Henry is still a monster and Tennessee has been as good as any team at slowing down Jackson.

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Daniel Oyefusi, reporter

Titans 24, Ravens 20: The Ravens stumbled upon the worst time to potentially play without their top two defensive linemen, facing the NFL’s best running back in Derrick Henry. If either Brandon Williams and/or Calais Campbell can’t suit up, the Ravens defense might face its toughest challenge of the season. On offense, tight end Nick Boyle’s season-ending knee injury and another potential shakeup along the offensive line don’t bode well for an inconsistent unit. As shown against the New England Patriots, it’s difficult to beat well-coached teams when you don’t win the line of scrimmage.

Mike Preston, columnist

Ravens 21, Titans 18: You can flip a coin on this one, but the Ravens get the edge because they are playing at home. It comes down to the Ravens stopping Tennessee’s running game. The Ravens struggled in the first half last week as the Patriots were successful running inside the tackles. The Ravens were more disciplined with gap control in the second half and that will carry over Sunday. Inside linebackers Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison need to have good leverage and hand placement as far as technique and tackling.

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Jonas Shaffer, reporter

Titans 28, Ravens 27: Tennessee’s injury report should worry Titans fans. Of course, New England’s injury report should’ve terrified Patriots fans entering Week 10, too. Ultimately, the game will come down to the Ravens’ run defense. If it’s as sturdy as it looked in the fourth quarter Sunday night, Tennessee won’t have enough juice to overcome its mediocre defense. But this Ravens offense is not in a good place right now, and Calais Campbell and Brandon Williams have looked irreplaceable the past two weeks.

Childs Walker, reporter

Ravens 30, Titans 26: Derrick Henry is probably the last person the Ravens want to see as they lick their wounds from a bruising loss to the Patriots. But they’ll move the ball on a Tennessee defense that doesn’t do anything particularly well, and if the game is close, they’ll benefit from superior special teams.

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