RAVENS at TITANS
Last time (Week 5)
The Titans rallied with two late drives to escape with a 13--10 win.
On Saturday in Nashville, expect the most physical game of the weekend. The Titans should have Albert Haynesworth and Kyle Vanden Bosch back from injury to buttress an already strong D-line. But one big reason I like the Ravens in a squeaker here: They're trusting Joe Flacco much more than earlier, and he's not abusing the trust. Against Miami, instead of nursing a 10--3 second-quarter lead, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron called passes on four of the next six snaps. Flacco had no interceptions, no fumbles, no sacks against Miami—a very good sign for Baltimore.
Ravens 16, Titans 12
CHARGERS at STEELERS
January 12, 2009
Last time (Week 11)
The Steelers had four drives of 10 or more plays and 410 yards of offense—and won a survival game 11--10.
San Diego comes to Heinz Field on Sunday with a weapon it didn't use in November. Darren Sproles touched the ball three times that day; with LaDainian Tomlinson not himself against Indy because of a groin injury, Sproles had 34 touches on rushes, receptions and returns. But I think Pittsburgh, the stingiest run D in the AFC, will bottle him up. And the Chargers won't get any consistency in the passing game, having to devote extra men to keep outside rushers James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley off QB Philip Rivers.
Steelers 19, Chargers 13