2019 AFC Wild Card Preview: No. 5 Los Angeles Chargers (12-4) at No. 4 Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
Ravens Vs. Chargers Betting Trends
- The Ravens are 1-5 against the spread over their last six home games.
- The total has gone UNDER in each of the last six Baltimore-based postseason contests.
- The Chargers are 5-1 ATS over their last six games as an underdog on the road in the playoffs.
- Los Angeles is 4-2 straight-up in playoff games that kick off before 1:30 p.m. ET, with quarterback Philip Rivers going 2-0 in this timeslot.
- Baltimore is 7-1 SU in franchise history during the Wild Card round.
Ravens Vs. Chargers Head-to-Head Results (Since 2009)
|Sep 20, 2009||BAL 31 – SD 26|
|Dec 18, 2011||SD 34 – 14|
|Nov 25, 2012||BAL 16 – SD 13|
|Nov 30, 2014||SD 34 – BAL 33|
|Nov 1, 2015||BAL 29 – SD 26|
|Dec 22, 2018||BAL 22 – LAC 10|
Ravens Vs. Chargers Quotes
Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh claimed that the 2018 Ravens are the best team he’s had in his career (via ESPN):
This is what a real team looks like. It’s the best team – T-E-A-M. It’s the best bunch of guys who understand what it means to have each others’ backs, to fight through adversity and never be divided by anything. They block out all the outside, turn to each other for strength and are there for one another. That, to me, is what makes a team. This is the best team I’ve been around.”
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers realizes that he may not have many opportunities left to win a Super Bowl before his career comes to an end (via FOX Sports):
When you’re younger you think this is it. You get a shot every year. Then when you don’t go once in the last nine or 10 years, you realize how fleeting it is and how hard it is to get in.I’m excited about the opportunity. I think from the experiences I’ve had, both positive and negative, you take that with what you can, and you just go play.
Ravens veteran safety Eric Weddle spoke about what it meant to get into the 2019 NFL Playoffs after missing out the previous three seasons (via PennLive.com):
It was a long offseason. Everyone knows it. It wasn’t too good of times here all offseason, telling us how bad we were, and guys can’t play, and we can’t finish games, ‘yada yada yada, yada yada yada.’ Especially me living here all offseason, it was cold and long. But, that was the motivation. ‘Wink’ [defensive coordinator Don Martindale] came in and really changed some things up and was upfront and honest from the beginning that we’re going to do things differently, and we’re going to be as one. And we get these chances that we’re building ourselves mentally and physically to get in those moments and win those games, and we got in that situation on Sunday. There wasn’t a guy that blinked or wasn’t confident in the situation that we were going to go stop them, because we’ve been preparing for that moment for a year straight, and that’s what’s driven us to be where we’re at and to play the way we do.
Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn discussed the potential comeback of tight end Hunter Henry, who has been on the shelf with a torn ACL since May (via ESPN):
We want to give a good look at him this week to see where he’s at,” Lynn said. “I like the progress that he’s been making, but he hasn’t played football for a long time — since last December … so it’s been a while. He’s going to need to really show us that he’s ready [to play]. I believe that the knee is stable. We did some things last week and thought he looked really good. Now, it’s just about conditioning, the chemistry with the offense and just playing football.
Bolts defensive tackle Damion Square claims that he’s happy to be meeting up with the Ravens again in the Wild Card round (via Chargers.com):
I want Baltimore. We got Baltimore. I want Baltimore. See you all in Baltimore.… We did some good things in that game as a defense. Started off slow in the first half. They put up some big numbers. We kind of got the run under control in the second half or whatever, but we did some good things. (We) did some promising things. We just didn’t finish the game. We had opportunities to finish the game, just did not finish and this time we’ve got to finish. It’s simple.
Ravens Vs. Chargers Tweets
Adam Schefter noted that the Chargers should have two key players that have been on the injury report back on the field this Sunday:
Despite limping off in Sunday’s fourth quarter, Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is expected to play Sunday against the Ravens, per source.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry, who tore his ACL during the off-season, also is expected to play Sunday against the Ravens, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 31, 2018
NFL Throwback posted highlights from the 2014 clash between these franchises:
The @Chargers had trailed all day long.
— NFL Throwback (@nflthrowback) January 3, 2019
Chris Hayre pointed out an interesting stat regarding the broadcast team for this game:
Jim Nantz and Tony Romo will be on the call Sunday for Chargers-Ravens on CBS. It’s the first time they’ve called a Chargers game since Thanksgiving 2017. Since then, LA is 17-5.
— Chris Hayre (@chrishayre) December 31, 2018
The Undefeated found that Lamar Jackson will become the youngest quarterback to start an NFL playoff game on Sunday:
When the Ravens host the Chargers in the AFC wild card game, Lamar Jackson will pass Michael Vick as the youngest QB to start an NFL playoff game.
Vick was 22 when he led Atlanta to a playoff win over Green Bay in 2003.
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) January 2, 2019
Erik Taylor has the weather forecast for Sunday afternoon in Baltimore:
— Erik Taylor (@WeatherErik) January 4, 2019
Dan Roche revealed some stats that show the winner of this game might have a rough go of things if they are forced to play the Patriots in the Divisional Round:
Houston, Baltimore or LA is coming to Foxboro next weekend:
-The Texans are 1-10 vs NE
-Belichick is 11-0 at home vs rookie QBs; Ravens start rookie QB Lamar Jackson
— Dan Roche (@RochieWBZ) January 4, 2019
Ravens Vs. Chargers Expert Pick
Pick: Chargers +3
Prediction: Chargers 20 – Ravens 14
Source: “Los Angeles” – Google News