First Look: Ravens-Titans

January, 4, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

No. 6 seed Baltimore Ravens (12-5) at No. 1 seed Tennessee Titans (13-3), Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET

The rematch fans are thinking about goes back nine years.

The rematch the Titans are thinking about goes back to Oct. 5. That's when the Titans went to Baltimore and escaped with a 13-10 win to move to 5-0.

On a day when Kerry Collins managed a meager 52.0 passer rating and threw two picks, dynamic rookie running back Chris Johnson gained only 2.4 yards per touch, the Titans lost time of possession by nearly 10 minutes, their vaunted defense allowed 152 rushing yards and a physical front didn't get a sack, they won anyway.

The winning drive was aided by a controversial roughing the passer penalty, when Terrell Suggs was flagged by Bill Carollo's crew for having allegedly grazed Collins' helmet. It converted a third-and-10 from the Tennessee 20-yard line and the Titans went on to finish an 80-yard drive with an 11-yard Collins-to-Alge Crumpler touchdown pass that provided the final margin.

The Titans have to go into Saturday's game at LP Field thinking they can do more on offense.

And while Baltimore's vaunted defense is likely going to get more attention heading into the game -- in large part because of what it did against the Dolphins while the Titans rested at home -- Tennessee was second in NFL scoring defense this season and Baltimore was third. Also, the Titans have 31 takeaways to Baltimore's league-leading 34.

Kerry Collins may be in for a tough day, but so should be Joe Flacco.

Jeff Fisher will meet with the Nashville media Monday. In the meantime, the team sent out this statement from him:

"Now that we know our opponent, we have a tremendous challenge ahead of us. Baltimore has improved in all areas since we saw them earlier this season. They are built around a strong run game and a great defense, which reminds us of the classic matchups against them in the past."

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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