The Baltimore Ravens (8-3) will be boarding a plane for the first time in nearly a month having put an end to their three-game homestand last week when they hosted and defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, this time playing a West Coast affair against the hosting Los Angeles Chargers (4-6).
This feels like the classic trap game. The Chargers might have a losing record and trail everybody in the AFC West sitting below the Chiefs, Broncons, and Raiders, but they have many talented players including a bonafide top-10 quarterback in Justin Herbert that can help his team win a game any week.
The Ravens, however, are in sole possission of the no. 1 seed in the AFC and the North division by extension, and they will try to build on their TNF win a week and a half ago by putting together their second W in a row before going on a bye upon returning to the M&T Bank Stadium on Dec. 9.
Ravens vs. Chargers Week 12: All you need to know
When and where
After playing their last three games in the comfortable confines of The Bank, the Flock flew to Los Angeles, California, at the start of the weekend to play their first game on the road in a month before taking next week off on their scheduled bye weekend.
Baltimore will face the Chargers at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday in prime time, at 8:20 p.m. ET (5:20 p.m. PT for those on the West Coast; 2:20 a.m. CET for those in Europe), the second time in as many weeks that they will be hitting the airwaves at such an extraordinary slate.
The Chargers are opening their home to Baltimore after Los Angeles had to play the Green Bay Packers on the road last Sunday having lost their Week 10 home game to Detroit, making it back-to-back defeats for the California club entering Week 12.
The forecast for Sunday at kick-off time in Los Angeles, according to AccuWeather, predicts 72 degrees with plenty of sun. There is a near-zero chance of precipitation (1%), with a non-factor chance of thunderstorms and an ENE 5 mph wind with gusts at 8 mph.
In two names: Mark Andrews and Joey Bosa.
In a few more names and words, the Baltimore Ravens won't have their no. 1 offensive skill-position player available for this game and most probably the remainder of the season after Andrews went down in Week 11 and underwent ankle surgery last Tuesday.
On top of that, the Ravens ruled out linebacker Trenton Simpson with concussion symptoms. There are six players listed as "questionable" for Sunday including Odell Beckham Jr., Zay Flowers, Marlon Humphrey, Charlie Kolar, Ronnie Stanley, and Pepe Williams. All but Humphrey and Williams are expected to play with Humphrey hoping to make his comeback.
On Los Angeles' side, Joey Bosa was also forced out of the field last weekend and later put on IR by the Chargers, ruling him out for Sunday and the next three games after this one automatically.
Other than Bosa, the Chargers also ruled out tight end Nick Vannett and safety JT Woods. Los Angeles also listed tight end Gerald Everett and wideout Jalen Guyton as "questionable" to play on Sunday.
TV, radio, and streaming
For those watching on TV: WBAL Ch. 11 (Baltimore), NBC4 (Washington D.C.), NBC (national TV) with announcers: Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Jason Garrett (analyst), Melissa Stark (sideline)
For those listening on the radio: WBAL (1090 AM) / 98Rock (97.9 FM) / SiriusXM Radio Chs. 81 or 226. Westwood One Sports (national). TICO Sports (WLZL EL ZOL 107.9 FM) (Spanish)
You can stream the game if you have a subscription to YouTube TV's Sunday Ticket, and also locally at BatlimoreRavens.com and Ravens Mobile App. If you subscribe to NFL+, you can watch the game on replay.
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