There’s some bad blood between the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans, as became clear before today’s game.
Last January, the Titans came into Baltimore and upset the No. 1 seed Ravens. Today, Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler and Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh got into a pregame shouting match.
It turns out that Harbaugh did not appreciate Butler and some of his teammates gathering on the Ravens logo at midfield. Cooler heads ultimately prevailed, but it’s clear these two teams aren’t on each other’s holiday gift list.
Not surprisingly, the pregame back-and-forth was a major topic on NFL Twitter.
Wow, John Harbaugh and Malcolm Butler went nose-to-nose after Titans came on the field and started gathering on Ravens logo. Harbaugh and then Mike Vrabel were having an animated conversation.
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) November 22, 2020
Titans-Ravens has always been an underrated rivalry.
— Brad Gagnon (@Brad_Gagnon) November 22, 2020
Uh oh. Midfield logo drama here at M&T Bank Stadium. The #Titans came out and went right to midfield on the logo. John Harbaugh came all the way out and took offense. Mike Vrabel and Harbaugh then had a spirited chat. Throw the records out!!!
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 22, 2020
Watching Mike Vrabel and John Harbaugh’s animated pregame conversation brought to mind @bylindsayhjones’ NFL coach battle royal bracket…
— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) November 22, 2020
We don't like John Harbaugh's chances against Mike Vrabel if we're being honest
— #RingerNFL (@ringernfl) November 22, 2020
John Harbaugh. Malcolm Butler … wonder where those frosty feelings began? https://t.co/LOJ7y2fkG1
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) November 22, 2020
Some early sparks: The Titans ran onto the field and the entire team gathered at the midfield logo. John Harbaugh confronted them. He and Titans DB Malcolm Butler got into it.
Raven safety Anthony Levine ran out of the tunnel to shout, too.
— Aaron Kasinitz (@AaronKazreports) November 22, 2020
When the game actually got underway, the Titans struck first with an opening drive touchdown. Baltimore bounced back thanks to a Justin Tucker field goal which trimmed the deficit to 7-3.
Right now, Ravens-Titans is in the second quarter. You can catch the action from M&T Bank Stadium on CBS.