NFL Capsule: Titans at Colts

NFL Capsule: Titans at Colts

TENNESSEE (8-4) At INDIANAPOLIS (8-4)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Colts by 5 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Tennessee 4-8; Indianapolis 8-4

SERIES RECORD - Colts lead 22-14

AP PRO32 RANKING - Broncos No. 4; Raiders No. 31

LAST MEETING - Colts beat Titans 19-13 OT, Oct. 28

LAST WEEK - Titans lost 24-10 to Texans; Colts beat Lions 35-33

TITANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (19), PASS (19)

TITANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (27), PASS (26)

COLTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (18), PASS (5)

COLTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (22), PASS (20)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Titans have lost all four games at Lucas Oil Stadium and haven't won at Indy since December 2007. ... Tennessee 3-2 in games decided by seven or fewer points, while Colts 7-1. ... Chris Johnson averages 103.3 yards from scrimmage against Colts and needs 7 yards to reach 1,000 for fifth straight season. ... K Rob Bironas needs six points to join Al Del Greco as only players in Titans history with 900 points. ... Kendall Wright leads rookie receivers with 54 receptions. ... Colts 5-1 at home this season, have won seven of last eight and have four straight home wins over Titans. ... Andrew Luck needs 404 yards to reach 4,000 for season and 456 yards to break Cam Newton's single-season record for rookie (4,051). ... Reggie Wayne needs two receptions to pass Buffalo's Andre Reed (951) for No. 10 in NFL history, three to reach 100-catch mark in games vs. Titans and extend NFL record streak of multiple-catch games to 61, and 12 to produce fourth 100-catch season of career. ... Donnie Avery needs five catches to surpass career high (53). ... TE Dwayne Allen needs six catches to tie Colts' rookie record for receptions by tight end (42). ... Indy ranks 30th in NFL with turnover margin of minus-16. Only Philadelphia and Kansas City have worse marks.

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Ravens like their draft class, and so did Vegas sports books

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Ravens like their draft class, and so did Vegas sports books

The Ravens liked their draft, and so did Las Vegas.

In mid-March prior to the draft, the Ravens had 40-1 odds to win Super Bowl 51, according to Bovada. After their 11-player haul in the draft, the Ravens’ Super Bowl odds have improved to 33-1, according to Bovada.

Here are the six teams whose Super Bowl odds improved most dramatically after the draft, according to Bovada:

Browns – 150-1 to 100-1

Redskins – 50-1 to 40-1

Jets – 50-1 to 40-1

Giants - 33-1 to 25-1

Raiders – 33-1 to 25-1

Ravens – 40-1 to 33-1

Despite quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension being upheld, the Patriots remained the favorites for Super Bowl 51 (7-1), followed by the Seahawks (8-1), Packers (10-1), Steelers (10-1), and Panthers (11-1).

As for the AFC North, the Ravens still have their work cut out according to Vegas. The Steelers and Bengals (18-1) still have better Super Bowl odds than the Ravens.

So if you believe the Ravens are a better team after the draft, Vegas would agree. However, it remains to be seen if the Ravens will be improved enough to get back into the playoffs.

Ravens draft research includes digging into players' social media history

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Ravens draft research includes digging into players' social media history

Ten years ago, Ozzie Newsome didn’t have to worry about checking the Twitter posts of players he was thinking about drafting. Now, checking social media has become part of a general manager’s job, and part of a prospective draft prospect’s resume.

What better example than last week, when the infamous gas mask picture of Dolphins left tackle Laremy Tunsil appeared on social media less than an hour before the draft. The Ravens passed on Tunsil and took left tackle Ronnie Stanley with the sixth pick. Tunsil, who once looked like a sure top-five pick, plummeted to No. 13 where the Dolphins took him.

On the Ravens’ website, Ravens senior vice president Kevin Byrne wrote that he stopped by Newsome’s offense last Wednesday, one day before the draft, and saw him with a stack of papers in front of him.

When Byrne asked Newsome what he was reading, he responded, “Tweets from the college players. Some of these guys aren’t very smart. Part of our research.”

Researching social media will continue to be part of Newsome’s pre-draft process. Newsome isn’t active on social media, but he definitely reads it, now more than ever.

Ravens give Steve Smith a lightsaber in incredible May the 4th video

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Ravens give Steve Smith a lightsaber in incredible May the 4th video

It's not even noon and the Ravens have already won the Internet for today.

The team account tweeted out an incredible video of Steve Smith and Bengals DB Adam Jones battling for a touchdown with lightsabers, then followed it up with Obi Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker and C-3PO gathered around a hologram of Terrell Suggs dancing. 

These are PERFECT. Such attention to detail! Do you see Smith's purple lightsaber? 

For those of you wondering where the Jedi moves came from, today is May 4, also known as Star Wars Day (#MayThe4thBeWithYou, get it?). The whole Internet is geeking out over the movies today, so brace yourself (and follow the Ravens).