Ravens’ perfect record winning as 10-point favorites ends in Titans loss
The Baltimore Ravens were shockingly upset by the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night and an impressive record came to an abrupt end. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Baltimore’s perfect record of winning as 10-point favorites came to an end versus the Titans.
Baltimore closed as 10-point favorites over the Titans at the Caesars Sportsbook. Prior to Saturday, Baltimore was the only team in the Super-Bowl era that had failed to lose a game when favored by 10 or more points in a single game; Ravens had been 36-0 as 10+-point favorites.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 12, 2020
Throughout the week, the Ravens wavered around from being nine to nine-and-a-half-point favorites over the Titans. But when the game began, some sportsbooks had Baltimore sitting as high as 10-point favorites against the No. 6 seed in the AFC.
Since the Ravens became an official franchise in 1996, they’ve gone 36-0 in games that they were favored by 10 or more points. Before Saturday’s contest, the Ravens were the only team in the Super Bowl era that had failed to lose a game when being advocated as a 10-point favorite.
Heading into the game, Baltimore appeared to be the team that could represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. The Ravens had won their last 12 games of the regular season and finished as the No. 1 seed in the conference.
As a result, Baltimore earned a first-round bye and had an extra week to prepare for their opponent. The extra week of preparation didn’t do them any good as Tennessee quickly seized control of the game by handing the ball off to Derrick Henry.
The gargantuan running back ran rampant on Baltimore’s defense for 195 yards. Henry also tossed a touchdown to give Tennessee a 15-point lead in the third quarter. The Titans would win the game 28-12 despite being double-digit underdogs.
It goes without saying that Saturday’s loss is a punch to the gut for the Ravens. But after realizing it snapped a long-standing record, it may sting a bit worse for the players in the locker room.