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Ravens hit the road (again) to face Titans, Pees

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Posted at 2:54 PM, Oct 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-10 14:54:26-04

After their worst game of the season it’s time for the Ravens turn the page and put that ugly 12-9 overtime loss to Cleveland in the rearview.

“Win, lose or draw the game before we’re definitely putting our best foot forward just concentrating on putting that game behind us,” said Ravens guard Marshal Yanda.

The Ravens play their third of three consecutive road games this Sunday when they visit Tennessee.  

A point of emphasis against the Titans should be to get the run game more involved. It’s been a non-factor for most of the season. It’s ranked 25th in the NFL averaging 94.4 yards per game. Running back Alex Collins feels they’re close to busting out.

“We watch the film and it just shows that we’re right there at times and we’re one player away or one little mistake away from a big yard or a big game or possibly a touchdown,” he said.

Back with the team is Baltimore native Cyrus Jones. The cornerback and Gilman grad has bounced back and forth between the Ravens and Patriots.

“It’s crazy. I’m still trying to wrap my head around it,” said Jones. “Being back here for the second time in about three weeks, it’s crazy. But, I’m back ready to be home.”

Jones said Terrell Suggs joked with him that he could be a spy from New England.  

John Harbaugh said Jones could factor into the return game.

The Titans (3-2) are led by fourth-year quarterback Marcus Mariota.

“He can definitely make the pass but he’s definitely going to look to run more than not,” said Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley.

The Ravens (3-2) lost in Tennessee last season 23-20.

A wrinkle to this game on Sunday includes the presence of Dean Pees on the Tennessee sideline.

Pees spent the last eight years on Head Coach John Harbaugh’s staff. The last six seasons were spent as the Ravens defensive coordinator. Pees retired following last season only to take the same job with the Titans shortly thereafter.

Offensive players from Baltimore see some similarities on the Tennessee film to what they’ve seen in practice over previous years.

“It is a little interesting the fact that he’s been here so long and that they do a lot of the stuff, especially on first and second down, that we’re used to seeing,” said Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

Kickoff this Sunday is at 4:25.

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