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Titans seek revenge in Ravens' 1st MNF game

Maybe it's only appropriate the Ravens' first Monday night game since leaving Cleveland comes not at home, but on the road.

Their Monday night debut had been set for Sept. 17 against the Vikings at PSINet Stadium but was postponed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Eight weeks later, their little piece of team history comes at a stadium where they handed the Titans their first home loss.

"Clearly it will jazz up the emotion a little bit, as if that game in Tennessee needs jazzing up at all," Baltimore coach Brian Billick said.

The Ravens have won four of the past five in the physical, low-scoring series.

The Titans can reach .500 for the first time this season after starting 0-3, which included a 26-7 loss at Baltimore on Oct. 7. They gave up a season-high 207 yards rushing and had to listen to the Ravens boast over an easy victory.

"They'll have a lot of determination to take us out," Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister said. "It's Monday Night Football, and it would be redemption for them."

The teams play at Adelphia Coliseum in their final AFC Central Division matchup. The Ravens move to the East and the Titans to the South next season.

The Ravens may have the edge despite playing their fourth road game in five weeks because they won 24-23 here in November 2000 and again 24-10 in the playoffs.

Titans center Bruce Matthews said the Ravens have the right to boast about their success.

"Until we do something by beating them on the field Monday night, I expect to hear more," he said.

The Ravens bring the NFL's second-rated defense and a streak of holding running backs below 100 yards at 45 consecutive games, including playoffs. They have been successful against Eddie George, holding the Titans All-Pro below 100 for seven straight games.