Baltimore Ravens: Top concerns in battle with Chargers
The Baltimore Ravens have a very important battle against the Los Angeles Chargers, this Saturday night. Here are the top concerns in this contest:
1. Short week and a west coast trip:
The Baltimore Ravens have to win this game and they must do it on a short week. The Ravens are at an obvious disadvantage from a scheduling standpoint. They have to play a prime time game on Saturday after traveling all the way to the other side of the country. The Chargers last game was last Thursday night. Not only do they have the home field advantage but they will have had 11 days between this important game and their last one. While there is nothing that can be done about it, the NFL didn’t do the Ravens a favor here. Their most important game of the season sees them walk into the contest with a disadvantage. John Harbaugh has to do a masterful job as a head coach this week.
It remains to be seen how the short week and travel will impact the purple and black. The affects of traveling to the west coast could be counterbalanced by how jacked up the Ravens ought to be for this game. The Chargers are going to the post season, seeding is their concern. For the Ravens this is a playoff game. The traveling disadvantage could also be negated by the fact that the Chargers stadium isn’t a great home field advantage. It’s a smaller stadium, and there could be plenty of Ravens fans making a holiday vacation to Los Angeles.
When the ball is kicked off, the Ravens have to play a great football game. The Ravens need to make sure that when they arrive in Los Angeles on Thursday and as they prepare all week, they are maximizing their time. Game planning is the most important thing at this juncture. The Ravens must walk into this game prepared. They have a short week, they have a long commute, but this won’t be a good excuse at the end of the day. Baltimore needs to overcome this and win.