8 quick thoughts on the Ravens win over the Chargers in Week 6

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The Baltimore Ravens went into their Week 6 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers looking to build upon their winning streak. But few expected the game to go quite as smoothly as it did.

The Chargers made their way into M&T Bank Stadium and were soundly beaten on both sides of the ball. A week after putting up 47 points against the Cleveland Browns, the Chargers were held to just six total points.

It was a dominant, bounce-back performance from a Ravens defense that struggled a week ago. Meanwhile, the running game took advantage of a weak Chargers front seven and found plenty of success.

It’s hard to imagine a better result for the Ravens. Let’s take a look at a few quick thoughts from this week’s convincing victory.

1. Ravens defense bounces back in a big way

Following a difficult showing against the Indianapolis Colts, the Ravens defense bounced back in a huge way in Week 6 putting together a dominant display of football.

Justin Herbert was held under 200 yards passing for the first time this season. A Chargers team that scored nearly 50 points a week ago was held to single digits. The Chargers’ leading rusher was Herbert who had 12 yards on the ground.

Utter dominance from the Ravens defense against an offense that many believed to be among the best in the NFL.

2. The Ravens running game is back

After weeks of enduring a struggling running game, the Ravens hoped to find more success on the ground in Week 6 against a Chargers defense allowing the most rushing yards per game and yards per carry this season.

And that’s exactly what happened.

The trio of Latavius Murray, Devonta Freeman, and Le’Veon Bell all found success in the game with Freeman looking the sharpest. The former Pro Bowler finished with 59 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.

If the Ravens can find success like this on the ground with their fourth, fifth, and sixth-string running backs, the rest of the NFL needs to watch out.