Chargers vs Ravens : In what turned out to be a Wild Card preview, the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 22-10 in Week 16.Their only away defeat came at the Los Angeles Coliseum against the Rams. Both the Ravens and Chargers look capable of making a playoff
For Baltimore to be successful, they will have to utilize the same gameplan from their win, when they held Los Angeles to a season-low 198 yards. The Chargers averaged 384.3 yards per game over the course of the regular season and are a force to be reckoned with on offense. Baltimore will look to their best defenders, including cornerback Jimmy Smith, who is the first Ravens player since Corey Graham in 2013 with multiple interceptions in a single game.
However, the Chargers are still coming in with a savvy veteran at quarterback in Phillip Rivers. He set his second-highest completion percentage mark this year, completing 68.3 percent of his throws. Rivers’ career postseason completion percentage is 60.3 percent, lower than all but two of his 15 career seasons. Behind Rivers, the Chargers scored on 42.5 percent of its drives this year, the fifth most in the league. It’s the highest percentage and league rank in that category since 2013, when Los Angeles’ scored on 44.9 percent of their drives, ranking second.
Baltimore will enter the game with their own solid quarterback in Lamar Jackson, who has been among the league’s best in recent weeks. Since Jackson became the starter in Week 11, Baltimore has averaged 229.6 rushing yards per game — no team has ever averaged more yards per game after Week 11. Both teams head into Sunday riding hot streaks. The Ravens won the last four home games of the year for an overall 6-2 record. In the last game, however, Baltimore allowed 426 yards, the most in a home game since Oct. 11, 2015. Los Angeles ended the regular season winning six consecutive road games, tied for the second-longest streak in team history. Sunday’s game should be a closely contested matchup.
The Baltimore Ravens are back in the playoffs for the first time since the 2014 season. After inserting Lamar Jackson as the starter due to injuries, the Ravens have never looked back, surging late in the year to win the AFC North.To advance to the Divisional Round, Baltimore will have to defeat the Chargers again. In Week 16, the Ravens defense silenced one of the hottest offenses in the league. In the Wild Card, the Chargers will be much more familiar with the Ravens offensive game plan, and will have a healthy Melvin Gordon as a spark plug. As the only rookie quarterback in the postseason, Lamar Jackson will have the chance to prove many draft analysts wrong if he can secure a playoff victory in his first year.Baltimore Beatdown has you covered with predictions, analysis and more of the matchup. Be sure to check back after the final whistle for a break down of the game.