3 ways the Ravens can beat the Chargers in week 8

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Nov 30, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) runs the offense against the San Diego Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

It’s amazing to think that the Baltimore Ravens and their week 8 opponent, the San Diego Chargers, have a mere 3 wins between them after 7 weeks of NFL action.  Both of these squads were expected to compete for a playoff spot in 2015 and both have rather talented rosters.

But, as they say, that’s why we play the game.  This season has once again proven that we pundits know absolutely nothing until the live game action starts.  And as we approach the half way mark of the 2015 season, we have learned that neither of these teams has a complete enough roster right now.

Both teams have good things going for them in various areas, but their deficiencies in other areas are proving impossible to overcome.  For the Ravens, a terrible pass defense and lack of pass rush, coupled with an almost complete absence of offensive playmakers, has doomed them to their worst ever start.

The Chargers have been an offensive juggernaut and sport a very good pass defense, but can’t run the ball or stop the run to save their lives.  It’s pretty much the opposite of what one famous guy said NFL teams have to do to win championships.

As we do each week, we’ve identified 3 ways the Ravens can exploit the weaknesses of their latest opponent and pick up a W.  We’ll start with the obvious elephant in the room, a defense that has one seriously tall order ahead of it this Sunday.

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