There’s no love lost in the Titans-Ravens rivalry, which resumes tonight with a preseason game in Baltimore. There is, however, something of substance at stake despite how few starters are expected to play.
The Ravens have an NFL record 20-game preseason winning streak to uphold. Baltimore’s last preseason loss came in 2015. There were no preseason games in 2020 but the team’s dominance continued in 2021 when they went 3-0 and broke the Packers’ previous record of 19 consecutive wins.
The Ravens are 3-point home favorites on DraftKings Sportsbook and they are the heaviest favorite on the moneyline in Week 1 of the preseason at -175. You can bet on the Titans to win outright at +150 odds. The contest kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will not be nationally televised.
John Harbaugh already said that star quarterback Lamar Jackson will not take the field tonight. Starting in his place will be Tyler Huntley, who fans are plenty familiar with after he started and lost all four games that Jackson missed in 2021.
Don’t expect to see either of Baltimore’s top two running backs, J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, both of whom are still working their way back from injuries that forced them to miss all of last season. Rookie Tyler Badie should get some run against Tennessee as should Mike Davis, Corey Clement and Justice Hill.
The Ravens will also be sitting star tight end Mark Andrews as well as most of their stars on defense. Baltimore was one of the most injured teams in the NFL a season ago, as fans and fantasy managers know all too well, so this cautious approach is certainly understandable.
The one skill position where the starters may get some run is wide receiver with second-year player Rashod Bateman leading the way.
It’s unknown if Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill will play at all, but even if he does, all eyes will be on electric third-round rookie Malik Willis. Derrick Henry and Robert Woods, both of whom missed substantial time with injuries last season, are out tonight. Two new pass-catchers will be making their Tennessee debuts: first-round receiver Treylon Burks and tight end Austin Hooper.
The game props market reveals a 1-6-point Baltimore win is the most likely outcome at DraftKings (+275). It should be noted the Ravens have been known to record some blowouts in their run of undefeated preseason play. They outscored opponents by 54 points across three preseason games in 2021.