Ranking The Defenses 2018 Playoffs AFC – Dean Williams
I admit that before the season I had Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram penciled in to reek havoc on offenses and get a bakers dozen sacks each. Didn’t happen, Ingram had 7 and Bosa 5.5 sacks. I will note that Bosa only played in 7 games. The Chargers are similar to the Texans in that they do lots of things well on defense but don’t have that one thing they are outstanding at to hang their helmet on. I gave them the nod over the Texans here because of red zone numbers. Opponents only found the end-zone 52.1% of the time. (vs 72.5% for the Texans).
Ultimate NFL playoff team rankings: The best on offense, defense and overall – Mike Sando (insider)
While coaches and evaluators ranked the Chargers ahead of the Ravens on overall team strength, they were not penciling in Los Angeles for the divisional round. A road game against Baltimore in the 10 a.m. PT Sunday slot appears especially threatening after Baltimore shut down the Chargers 22-10 in Week 16.
Road warrior Chargers on facing Ravens again: ‘Any squad, any place’ – Eric Williams
“We’re not going to lay down for anybody,” Green said. “We’re going to go compete and fight. I will tell you this: We do like hostile environments.”
Hunter Henry could be ultimate wild card for Wild Card Chargers – Travis Wakeman
Though Keenan Allen caught five passes in the first game against Baltimore, Mike Williams, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin combined for three catches. Though the Ravens were able to push the Bolts around when they had the ball, the way they were able to restrict the Chargers’ offense was just as big a reason as to why the first game had the result that it did.
Melvin Gordon, Hunter Henry Expected to Play vs. Ravens Despite Injuries – Adam Wells
“It’s been responding well,” Henry told reporters about his knee in mid-December. “It has been a long process for sure. There’s a lot of work still to do to get back out there.”
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