Justin Forsett, Michael Griffin

Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett (29) slips past Tennessee Titans free safety Michael Griffin (33) and runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Running back Justin Forsett ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns, helping lead the Baltimore Ravens to a 21-7 win over the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 9 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. The win advanced the Ravens to a 6-4 overall record as they head into their bye week.

The Ravens desperately needed to beat the Titans after losing back-to-back games, falling from first place to worst place in the AFC North division in the previous two weeks of play. Baltimore’s victory gave them the same 6-4 overall record of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who fell from first place to third place in the division after losing to the New York Jets Sunday. The Cleveland Browns (6-3 overall) currently leads the AFC North division, while the Cincinnati Bengals sit in second place with a 5-3-1 overall record.

Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker (82) is pulled to the turf by Baltimore Ravens defensive back Will Hill (33) and free safety Terrence Brooks (31) during the first half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The Ravens’ win Sunday was expected against a below average opponent in the Titans (2-7 overall), but for a while it appeared as if Tennessee could pull off an upset. Baltimore had problems stopping Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger early in the game as he consistently completed sharp passes against the Ravens’ struggling secondary, particularly on third down and long situations. Mettenberger was 4-of-4 on picking up first downs when faced with a third down during the opening quarter, which helped the Titans extend drives. Mettenberger completed 8-of -11 pass attempts for 98 yards and a short touchdown pass in the first quarter, giving the Titans an early 7-0 lead.

But the Ravens finally woke up and cracked down on defense, holding the Titans rookie passer to just 5-of-9 pass attempts completed for 40 yards in the second quarter. Ravens’ rookie safety Terrance Brooks made perhaps the biggest hit of the season during the second quarter,completely leveling Titans veteran tight end Delaney Walker as he attempted to make a catch across the middle of the field during a third down and long scenario. The legal hit knocked Walker out as he lay still on the field for minutes. Walker eventually came to and walked off the field on his own, but sat out the rest of the game with concussion symptoms. That huge hit by Brooks really got the adrenaline pumping for the Ravens’ defense, as they would go on to dominate Tennessee’s offense the rest of the game.

Baltimore also got its running game rolling as Forsett eventually ran in for a 9-yard touchdown run to tie the game, 7-7, before halftime.

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) pulls in a touchdown pass under pressure from Tennessee Titans cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (25) during the second half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The second half was all Ravens as Forsett continued to run over Tennessee and pushed Baltimore’s lead to 14-7 after an 11-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco extended the lead to 21-7 with a perfectly thrown 32-yard touchdown pass to receiver TorreySmith not far into the fourth quarter. With a 14-point cushion, Baltimore’s defense was able to let loose its pass-rushing attack, recording four sacks alone in the second half. Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil led the Ravens’ pass rush with 2.5 sacks, and former defensive MVP linebacker Terrell Suggs added 1.5 sacks; rookie defensive tackle Timothy Jernigan also picked up a sack. Newly signed cornerback Danny Gorrer then put the game away with an interception made on a pass from Mettenberger late in the fourth quarter. Gorrer’s play was incredibly impressive, especially considering how he was just signed by Baltimore less than a week ago, after the team cut struggling cornerbacks Dominique Franks and Chykie Brown. Gorrer is now the only active defensive back for the Ravens to record an interception – star cornerback Jimmy Smith had one interception, but was placed on the injury/reserve list after having season-ending surgery on his foot last week.

Baltimore (6-4 overall, 2-3 AFC North) will rest during their bye week, and then will take on the New Orleans Saints (4-5 overall) on Nov. 24 during Monday Night Football at the Superdome in New Orleans, La.