Baltimore Ravens vs. Los Angeles Chargers: Bullet points
The Baltimore Ravens must beat the Los Angeles Chargers to keep their playoff hopes going into the final week of the season:
Stats were acquired from the NFL.com team page of both the Ravens and the Chargers.
- The Baltimore Ravens and the Los Angeles Chargers have played 11 times. The Ravens have a 6-5 record against their week 16 opponent.
- The Ravens have had some very memorable moments against the Chargers. In 2012, Ray Rice caught a short pass from Joe Flacco and took it 29 yards for a fourth down conversion. In 2009, Ray Lewis crushed Darren Sproles on a 4th &2, to seal the game. Both plays are two of the most iconic moments in franchise history.
- Lamar Jackson will have his biggest test yet, the Chargers defense is ranked eighth against the pass and ninth against the run.
- The Ravens have become a ground and pound team with Lamar Jackson under center. Before Jackson became the starter the Ravens struggled to run the football. Now the Ravens are ranked second in rushing yards per game.
- Points will be at a premium in this game. Both defenses are highly ranked. While Lamar Jackson and Phillip Rivers are the main selling point to the national audience, the defenses could steal the show.
- This is a chance for Eric Weddle to face his former team. Weddle was with the Chargers from 2007-2015.
- The Chargers are a team that won’t beat themselves. Rivers has 31 touchdowns and only eight interceptions and Los Angeles is +3 in the turnover ratio.
- The Chargers are expected to have running back, Melvin Gordon and wide receiver, Keenan Allen for this game. These are two very good players that will help the Chargers.
- While the Ravens have plenty of motivation for this must win game, the Chargers will be worried about playoff seating. The Ravens need this game more, but both teams will be hungry.
- Baltimore is relatively healthy coming into this game on a short week. The Ravens have four players listed as questionable: Nick Boyle, Matt Judon, Anthony Levine Sr. and Alex Lewis,
- Los Angeles has a good run defense, but stopping the Ravens rushing attack will be difficult. Lamar Jackson has 566 rushing yards on the season. Gus Edwards has emerged as a star and he has 550 yards. Both players average five yards per carry.
- The Ravens need this game. They can still win their division or a wild card spot, but both are unlikely without this win.