Rodney Harrison calls Ravens ‘the team no one wants to play’ in playoffs

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Rodney Harrison calls Ravens ‘the team no one wants to play’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

With a win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, the Ravens clinched the No. 5 seed in the AFC to set up a rematch against the fourth-seeded Tennessee Titans in the Wild Card round.

The Titans beat the Ravens in a 30-24 overtime thriller earlier this season and knocked them out of the playoffs a year ago with a 28-12 upset victory, so Baltimore will have plenty of motivation to prove they’re the more-deserving Super Bowl contender. The Ravens opened as 3.5-point favorites over Tennessee, a testament to their ability to right the ship after starting out 6-5 on the season.

“This is the team no one wants to play,” NBC Sports analyst Rodney Harrison said Sunday on Football Night in America. “Five straight wins…I guess it’s safe to say that they’re ready for the playoffs.”

Harrison, a two-time Super Bowl champion safety with the New England Patriots, pointed to quarterback Lamar Jackson and running back J.K. Dobbins as two of the biggest reasons for their recent run of success.

“[Jackson is] playing loose, he’s having fun, he’s not overthinking,” Harrison said. “He just took it right back to the playground…I love [Dobbins’s] vision, I love his tough, physical run style…The energy that he brings and the underrated speed and quickness.”

Jackson followed up his 2019 MVP campaign with 2,757 yards passing to go with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions through the air in addition to picking up 1,005 yards rushing, seven touchdowns on the ground and four fumbles lost. Dobbins enjoyed a strong rookie season, rushing for 805 yards and nine touchdowns and catching 18 passes for 120 yards.

Baltimore’s five-game winning streak has included just one game against a playoff team (Cleveland Browns), but the offense is clicking in ways it hadn’t been all season. The Ravens accrued at least 385 yards of offense in all five games during the streak after eclipsing that total just twice in their previous 11.