Clark, Ravens square off against Titans

Published 9:47 pm Thursday, January 9, 2020

Suffolk native Chuck Clark will be live in action Saturday night for the NFL playoffs when the Baltimore Ravens take on the Tennessee Titans.

After making the playoffs with the Ravens last season, the former King’s Fork High School standout will get to play in his second NFL playoff game in his young career. A year makes a difference though, because since that first playoff game in January 2019, Clark has made major strides with the Ravens.

He has claimed a starting safety role for the Ravens and helped the team finish with the best record in all of the NFL with a 14-2 record. The NFL playoffs started last weekend with the Wild Card matchups, but because the Ravens hold the No. 1 seed in the AFC Conference, they had a first-round bye. The Tennessee Titans went on to defeat the New England Patriots, setting the stage for a Titans clash with the Ravens in Baltimore this Saturday night. The winner will advance to the AFC Championship and will effectively be only one game away from reaching Super Bowl LIV, which will be held in Miami, Fla.

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The Baltimore Ravens are among the top three betting favorites to be Super Bowl LIV champions. If the Ravens can do it, it will be the second time they have won the Super Bowl since 2010.

Clark heads into the playoff matchup posting career highs across the board, which was to be expected when he took over as a starter. He stepped into a full-time starting role a month into the season and finished first on the team in tackles for the season, with 73. He also added a sack, two fumbles and an interception.

Baltimore has home field advantage throughout the playoffs, so as they host the Titans this week, they also host for the AFC championship game if they win. Clark expects to have the team’s defense locked in.

The Ravens and Titans will face off at 8:15 p.m. Saturday on CBS.

At King’s Fork, Clark was a three-star recruit and was a standout at defensive back under Coach Joe Jones. He went on to play at Virginia Tech and have a standout career there and was drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft in the sixth round.